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FOLLOW THE WOODY

We invite you to make history with us along the open road. This one-of-a kind creation was designed by Brad Ford for Moore & Giles with consultation from Jim Meehan. Outfitted with Moore & Giles leathers , it was designed to offer the ultimate in luxury tailgating and showcase the art of high-end entertaining outdoors.

Following its launch at DINING BY DESIGN New York 2011, it will travel to some of the most exclusive design and epicurean-related events across the country. In conjunction with World AIDS Day in December, it will be auctioned off on charitybuzz.com as a part of DIFFA’s “30 for 30” auction featuring 30 exceptional, one-of-a-kind auction packages to commemorate 30 years of fighting HIV/AIDS.

Polio alert in Diffa region

No doubt, the message two years old Fana and her parents, all refugees from Nigeria, received in a health center in Diffa region on May 25, 2014 was devastating: The girl had tested positive for the type 2 vaccine-derived Poliovirus – or “wild polio” virus. The so-called “wild polio” virus has remained endemic in northern Nigeria. This is because of low coverage achieved in the routine immunization programmes. Most of the displaced fleeing into the Diffa region are from the troubled state of Borno in northern Nigeria. Immediately a medical team comprising of WHO, UNICEF and Niger’s Ministry of Public Health, was set up. The team worked closely with Damassak health district (in Borno state in Nigeria to where Fana’s family had returned to) and the child was promptly treated. The team, according to Dr. Obama Nse Ricardo of WHO Niger, continues working and has instituted several preventive and emergency measures to check the situation: This includes reinforcing methods for detecting cases of polio, but foremost a mass vaccination campaign to take place from 22nd to 25th August 2014 and a second round from the 5th to 8th September 2014 in all districts of the Diffa region. The influx from Nigeria, or the back and forth movement between Niger and Nigeria as in the case of Fana, amplifies the public health risks in the region which are exacerbated by conflict in northern Nigeria. The polio alert is unlikely to be over soon.

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We are thrilled to attend tonight’s #PicnicByDesign fundraiser event by DIFFA National featuring our artists Illustrators, Mike Perry and Niky Roehreke, and Set Designer, Jerry Schwartz, who made incredibly dynamic picnic baskets for the event! Many thanks to Greg Vore for providing the images of all the beautiful baskets provided by our artists as well as other talented designers as well as the wonderful Farrah Sit for a surprise gift she provided for Niky’s basket.

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Mr Karl Steinacker, Représentant de l’UNHCR (à gauche), M. Dieudonné Bamouni, Chef du bureau d’OCHA (au milieu) et Mme Conde Nantenin, coordinatrice pour l’opération Diffa (à droite en premier plan) accompagnés de membres d’OXFAM lors de l’atelier. © UNHCR / B.Younoussa Sido
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