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UK brings diphtheria under control in Cox’s Bazar

Ansar Ahmed Ullah The UK Emergency Medical Team (EMT), deployed to the camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh following a deadly outbreak of diphtheria, is heading home after bringing the disease under control. Medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, will return this weekend having spent up to six weeks triaging more than 3000 Rohingya people. Almost 500 people were ...

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Bengali Innovators exhibition at Whitechapel Idea Store

Ansar Ahmed Ullah A touring exhibition titled ‘Bengali Innovators of Toynbee Hall’ was launched at the Gallery, Idea Store Whitechapel (4th floor) on Thursday 1 February 2018 by the Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, Jim Minton. Since the 1970s the Bengali community have contributed greatly to the work of Toynbee Hall. The exhibition is part of Toynbee Hall’s heritage project attempting ...

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Home birth team launches in Tower Hamlets

  Women in Tower Hamlets now have more choice about where to give birth than ever before, with the launch of a local home birth service. Barts Health NHS Trust began providing the service this month, increasing choice alongside its other local maternity services at The Royal London Hospital and midwife-led Lotus and Barkantine birth centres. It is one of ...

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Tower Hamlets is a top local council for LGBT staff

Tower Hamlets Council is the only London local authority to be ranked this year in the Stonewall Top 100 UK Employers Index and its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff network has been “highly commended” by Stonewall for its “outstanding work”. The council’s staff network was praised for hosting a 2017 London Pride event on trans inclusion. 2018 marks ...

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It’s Time to Talk as council launches Suicide Prevention Strategy

  To coincide with national mental health campaign Time to Talk day, the council is launching its ‘Suicide Prevention Strategy 2018-2021.’ The annual day on 1 February aims to encourage everyone to talk about mental health and end the stigma around it. One in four people are affected by mental health at some point during their lifetime however suicide is ...

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Tower Hamlets Council to roll-out new strategy for community engagement

Tower Hamlets Council’s Cabinet has approved a new Community Engagement Strategy on Tuesday 30 January 2018. The new strategy will ensure that the many diverse communities within the borough are at the very heart of the services offered by the council and can influence and shape the borough in which they live and work. It also marks a more transparent, ...

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Students: better off with Labour

  AS THE TORIES fall apart trying to find a higher education policy they can all be happy with, Labour has sent out a firm message about what action needs to be taken to encourage students from all walks of life to go to university and contribute to society once they have their degrees. The row in the Tory Party ...

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Liverpool visit for Ghana charity project

Emdad Rahman A visit to Liverpool was a well earned trip for a team of Whitechapel charity volunteers travelling to Ghana after completing the construction of a school and sports complex for children and young students at the Bamvim Presby in Tamale and the Timtooni Football Club, Talon, in the northern region of Ghana. To celebrate the HRF Ghana project ...

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Get set go for Leftley Sports Club ladies

Emdad Rahman Barking & Dagenham based Leftley Sports Club have launched women’s cardio sessions which will take place on a weekly basis. The first group went out on Saturday morning and activities involved brisk walking, running and jogging all within a social atmosphere. The newly formed group will meet every Saturday at the Claire Gardens entrance to Mayesbrook Park. Commenting after the debut session ...

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Play 4 Rohingya set for bus drivers football festival

Emdad Rahman: Play 4 Rohingya have organised a groundbreaking football tournament for bus drivers for a worthy charitable cause. Newham Leisure Centre will host the 7 a side football day on Sunday 4th March from 12-5 pm. The Play 4 Rohingya team are a group of mainly East London residents who have come together to highlight the grave humanitarian issues suffered by the ...

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