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Irma Domingas, second from right, runs Casa da Criança. Photo by Estelle. M


From the Viking Club:
The ongoing oil crisis brings difficulties that not only worry governments and large corporations but also dramatically impact many people, both Angolan and expatriates. When privileged conditions of life are under threat or come to an end, it is normal to feel fear and sorrow, and knowing that many people are more miserable, does not help. But what if those individuals display genuine smiles and joy for life? How can someone keep courage and faith after life takes everything from him or her?

You are invited to gain an insight with Sister Domingas Loureiro who will present “Casa da Criança Santa Isabel” where orphans try and succeed in standing and moving ahead after losing their parents. Ninety children in the orphanage, ninety different stories. We will listen to three of them, Teresa, Juliana and Monica and discover how life can sometimes be cruel. We will learn that accusing children of witchcraft is still practiced in Angola despite being denounced a decade ago.

But above all, we will understand that no matter how tough life can be, taking up the challenge is the only way to grow and sometimes, change conditions. Our two testimonies, Mila and Lembra, will share their passion for music and will play some classic pieces. We promise to display a great lesson in humility, courage and hope and look forward to meeting with you and your friends.

Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation at the Viking Club on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Bar, which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. You can download a map showing the location on the Angola Field Group Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Prédio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barro restaurant.

Click below for further info on Irma Domingas and Casa da Criança Santa Isabel:
www.slateafrique.com/99131/calvaire-enfants-accuses-sorcellerie-angola-orphelinats-eglise
 www.irinnews.org/report/48287/angola-children-victims-of-witchcraft-accusations

Women and girls are targets for kidnapping and sexual abuse during war.

Women and girls are targets for kidnapping and sexual abuse during war.

March is Women’s Month in Angola. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation “Women in Conflict Angola“, Thursday, March 12th, 7:45 PM at the Viking Club. More than two thirds of Angolan families living in certain parts of the country had their home destroyed, and they lost at least one member of their immediate family during the civil war which devastated the country between 1992 and 2002.  Learn more about how the conflict affected women, as well as children, from research conducted during and immediately after the war. Our presenter, Dr. Mary Daly, former Country Director of Christian Children’s Fund, is an Irish medical doctor who has worked in Angola since 1981, specializing in global health and child protection.

 Even young children are haunted by the memories they carry after war has ended.

Even young children are haunted by the memories they carry after war has ended.                  Photos: H. Koning

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

For Sale: Pure raw honey from the Zambezi Valley in Moxico. Photo books, Natural Medicine books and other books about Angola also for sale.

Dr. Bernardino and his wife Dona Inocência.

Dr. Luis Bernardino and his wife Dona Inocência.

In March 2013 the Angola Field Group was honored to have Angola’s renown pediatrician, Dr. Luis Bernardino, as our guest presenter. For some of the almost 200 people in the audience, it was an emotional moment for them to re-connect with the doctor they remember from their childhood. Click here to download the powerpoint presentation.

The esteemed doctor and father of two, who has worked in Angola as a pediatrician for 38 years, told the audience that the number one killer of children under five is infectious lung disease followed closely by malaria. The good news is that the number of deaths of children under 5 is declining,  but poverty needs to be overcome before Angola can celebrate healthy children.
ppt1Dr. Bernardino also stressed the need to focus more on basic services in the form of community health centres and hospitals (both slides are from his presentation).
pp2Dr. Bernardino, who was born in Huambo in 1937, was Director of the Pediatric Hospital from 1998-2012 as well as being the Head of the Medical School Pediatric Department from 1980-2010. He completed his primary and secondary school in Angola. He received his Liscence in Medicine from Lisbon. In 1963 he deserted the colonial army. He was a General Practitioner in Algeria for four years and a resident in the National Health Service in the UK for six years. In 1972 in London he was granted his licentiate from the Royal College of Physicians and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Then in 1973 he got the Diploma in Child Health in Glasgow, Scotland before returning to Angola in 1974 to work as a pediatrician.

The pediatric hospital in Luanda is named the ‘David Bernardino Pediatric Hospital´ in memory of Dr. Luis Bernardino’s brother, also a medical doctor, who was killed in Huambo by UNITA during the war.

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Angola’s children, a healthy future?

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation by the well known former Director of Angola’s Pediatric Hospital, Dr. Luis Bernardino, who will talk about ‘Health of Children in Angola’. Dr. Bernardino, who has been a pediatrician in Angola since 1974, will take a look at the available national and Pediatric Hospital data on the causes of illness and death among Angola’s children as compared to the world situation. He will present an analysis of the social determinants of death of children in Angola and other less developed countries and finish his presentation with some reflections on the country’s progress in trying to reduce the number of infants and children dying under the age of five, known as the ‘4th Millennium Development Goal’. Everybody is invited to attend the presentation which will be in English, Thursday, March 21, at 8:00PM at the Viking Club.

Dr. Bernardino, who was born in Huambo in 1937, was Director of the Pediatric Hospital from 1998-2012 as well as being the Head of the Medical School Pediatric Department from 1980-2010.  He completed his primary and secondary school in Angola. He received his Licence in Medicine from Lisbon. In 1963 he deserted the colonial army. He was a General Practitioner in Algeria for four years and a resident in the National Health Service in the UK for six years. In 1972 in London he received his Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Then in 1973 he got the Diploma in Child Health in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Luis Bernardino, four decades of caring for Angola's children.

Dr. Luis Bernardino, four decades of caring for Angola’s children.

In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 across from Panela da Barro, on the same side of the street as the Suite Hotel. For a map, click here. For sale on Thursday, hand woven baskets from Moxico and various books.

Scroll down for the Viking Club’s Easter Long Weekend Getaway: Private Charter to Sâo Tomé and Principe!


Presenter Marianne Holzmann, far right, training a group of enthusiastic Angolans who will take their knowledge back to their villages. Marianne, who has her Masters in Public Health International, also holds a Certificate in Tropical Medicine and
Health. Scroll down to the post directly below for full details.


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A member of the Anamed program in Bie province selling medicinal oils and ointments such as hemorrhoid and anti-fungal and abscess treatments, she has prepared with local plants. 

Did you know that a lot of common ailments can be treated with plants found in and near Luanda? Guava leaves for diarrhea, papaya for amoebic dysentery, chili (jindungo) peppers for rheumatism, moringa leaves for protein and iron and the seeds for cleaning water, onions for skin care… The Angola Field Group invites you to “Discover a Pharmacy in Your Own Backyard”, with Marianne Holzmann, Thursday June 21 at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club. Marianne, a Registered Nurse and Midwife from Germany who lives in Kuito, in the Angolan province of Bie, is the Anamed (ActionNatural Medicine) trainer for Angola and Mozambique and will talk about some of the most important medicinal plants that grow in Angola and how to extract their healing powers. Marianne, who has spent six years  working with Anamed in Africa, will  have some ointments and oils and pure home made soaps for sale, produced by a women’s cooperative in Bie as well as reference materials in English and in Portuguese.

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Although not native to Angola, artemisia grows well in cooler parts of Angola such as Kuito, Bie. Scientists have identified 150 elements in this miracle plant, including,  artemisinin, one of two main ingredients used in COARTEM, the drug most commonly prescribed to treat malaria in Angola. Artemesia tea is used  to treat malaria and is available in Kuito.

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Anamed, a program with roots in the Congo and Germany, trains local people to use natural medicine enabling them to develop greater self-reliance especially with regards to their health.

Everybody is welcome to attend. The talk will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM! Coupons must be purchased. For sale, traditional baskets handwoven in Moxico.  You can download a map showing the location by clicking here. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant. 
 

Group of moms and babies at clinic in Luanda.

Join the Angola Field Group on Thursday, February 23, for “Sickle Cell Disease: The Silent Killer of Angola Children”, presented by Dr. Patrick McGann, a pediatric hematologist who is conducting research here in Luanda at the Pediatric Hospital. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that effects 2% of Angolan children. All of these children are likely to die before age 5.  An innovative program in Luanda over the past 6 months is focused on the screening and treatment with newborns with sickle cell anemia to provide basic interventions that will improve the survival of children with sickle cell diseases. This presentation will provide an overview of sickle cell anemia and how the program’s efforts in Angola are likely to significantly reduce childhood mortality in Angola.

Taking blood to be tested. Photos courtesy P.McGann.

Dr. McGann is a pediatric hematologist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospita who is working in Angola on an innovative newborn screening program for sickle cell anemia, which is an invisible killer of many Angolan children.  Before moving to Baylor, he attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He did his hematology/oncology training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has recently moved to Houston to work on this program, led by his mentor and worldwide sickle cell expert, Dr. Russell Ware.  In addition to monthly trips to Luanda during the beginning of this project, he will move to Luanda in July/August of 2012 to further develop the program in Luanda and throughout the country.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM.  If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here to view our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Predio Maianaga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.