Middle East North Africa Union (MENAU)--Several volunteers from Europe, North America, and the Middle East participated in a health outreach effort for the cities of Amman and Madaba, Jordan from Aug 30-September 8. Six health expos and vision clinics along with a Breathe-Free stop-smoking program made a difference in the lives of over 1,000 people who attended the programs. The events were a collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Jordan, and dozens of people around the globe helped sponsor this important initiative.
East Central Africa Division (ECD)--A team of leaders from the General Conference visited five mission hospitals and respective nursing schools in the East Central Africa Division during the month of August. The goal was to show appreciation and evaluate the needs and the care provided to patients. Hospitals visited included Kendu Bay in Kenya, Muganero in Rwanda, Ishaka in Uganda, Heri in Tanzania, and Gimbie in Ethiopia. Despite the great financial needs, these hospitals continue to serve the needy in communities that experience extreme poverty in remote areas.
Japan is all aflame over heat-not-burn tobacco products--from the same big tobacco companies who are hoping to market them globally soon. These battery-powered devices heat the tobacco to about 500 degrees F. (260 deg. C) producing an inhalable aerosol that delivers nicotine to the lungs without combustion. Are they safe? No one really knows. An early study found volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide present in the smoke.
PositiveTip: It would be wise to avoid a product that is "safer" than the most deadly consumer...