By Taciana Moury / Diálogo August 21, 2019 In early July 2019, the officer was assigned to the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, in Rio de Janeiro, and will be working at the Naval Peacekeeping Operations School, which trains MB service members for UN peacekeeping operations or MB international commitments.UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented Lt. Cmdr. Márcia with the award on March 29, 2019, for serving as military gender advisor in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French). The officer visited the Central African Republic (CAR) from April 2018 to April 2019.In an interview with Diálogo, Lt. Cmdr. Márcia attributed the award to her dedication to the work carried out in MINUSCA. “It was a personal battle. I had never dedicated myself to anything as much as I did to protecting the civilians,” she said. “There was no better way to close the cycle of my mission in CAR. It’s very good to be recognized, and to have it done on an international level is beyond my wildest dreams.” The activities were carried out closer to the local community and projects were developed to mitigate threats. “I believe that whenever service members are on the ground, we can avoid abuses. The patrol, preferably comprised of men and women, the engagement, and listening to the community are fundamental for the protection of civilians.”The small number of women working on MINUSCA was among the main challenges Lt. Cmdr. Márcia faced. “I had 3.7 percent women. The average for missions was 4 percent, including military observers, team, and troop workers. [It’s a] very small amount, when considering the importance of mixed patrols to get closer to women, especially those who have been victims of sexual violence,” she said. “Language was another obstacle to approaching the community. There were battalions that did not speak French, which is predominant in the region.”Despite the challenges, Lt. Cmdr. Márcia said the experience in a UN mission is unforgettable. “At each obstacle, I increased my strength to continue working toward helping people. I was the happiest I had ever been. I miss Africa. It’s part of me now, part of my history,” she concluded. United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial: Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection A main part of the work Lt. Cmdr. Márcia developed was to assess and understand the region’s more sensitive areas and the locations of groups. The goal was to document characteristics of the terrain to be able to advise military commanders on the best troop positioning.“The gender advisor must be on the ground, with the locals and the contingent, not working from an office,” she said. “If I know about armed groups recruiting children in an area, I need to pay more attention to the kids’ routine, to understand how abuses occur and alert the troops to the need for intervention.” Lt. Cmdr. Márcia encouraged interaction with children during the mission. (Photo: United Nations)The officer also received the Victory Medal from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, on April 5, 2019, which President Jair Bolsonaro presented. “This shows that, like the UN, Brazil recognizes the importance of gender equality and the protection of civilians,” she said.The goal of her mission was to apply gender perspectives within the military component, to avoid human rights violations. Until then, no such work had been performed in MINUSCA. “I created an action plan from scratch, from staffing to the engagement of locals.”According to Lt. Cmdr. Márcia, five steps were defined in the line of action: development of the workforce; service member training, which included visiting sectors and battalions to explain the importance of using the gender perspective on a day-to-day basis; information exchanges; inclusion of gender perspective in documents and guidelines produced in the mission; and engagement and deployment within communities. “It was a full cycle. It was gratifying to see the mixed teams of men and women working to protect the local population,” she said.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United States Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac have dedicated a state-of-the-art 25-bed Ebola field hospital constructed in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide care to healthcare workers, both international and Liberian, who may be infected with the Ebola virusKnown as the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), the facility would be considered as a safe haven for healthcare workers in the country who are on the frontlines of the fight against Ebola. The construction of the field hospital was financed by the American Government and implemented jointly by the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The dedication ceremony of the facility was held in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County last Wednesday, November 5, 2015. The MMU, which is primarily for healthcare workers as well as the 4,000 U.S troops expected to be deployed in the country, is in addition to 17 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) that are under construction across the country as a result of the U.S. intervention in Liberia.The facility is being staffed by a team of specialized officers from the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, which is playing an integral role in the overall US government response. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac to dedicate the newly constructed 25-bed field hospital to be used solely for the treatment of healthcare workers who may become infected by the Ebola virus disease.Speaking during the ceremony, President Sirleaf said the hospital represents a major contribution in the fight against the virus in Liberia. It also represents a true spirit of partnership between both governments.“This facility represents a major contribution to the country’s fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease that has hit our country so hard. This represents a true spirit of partnership and leaves hope for a structure that will enable Liberians fare for themselves when the partners shall have left after Ebola.”She described the US government as a partner who recognizes and responds to the needs of the Liberian people and that the fruit of the partnership reaches out to the people it is meant to benefit.President Sirleaf lauded healthcare workers for their sacrificial services to the country and its people by confronting a disease they knew very little about. She expressed happiness that those healthcare workers who may be infected can now receive quality care and treatment with a high hope of survival.She also lauded the American government and people for coming to the aid of Liberia at a time when international response to the Ebola crisis was at its lowest ebb. She expressed the hope that the country is well on its way to beating back the further spread of the disease.The Liberian leader noted that Liberians themselves are the main force preventing the further spread of the deadly virus, due to their adherence to measures announced by the Government, and for supporting all the measures meant to tackle the further spread of the disease.Ambassador Malac, said the current role of the U.S. Government in Liberia’s fight against Ebola, including the construction of the treatment facility, is a symbol of the strong U.S.-Liberia relations and partnership.“The U.S. is proud to be supporting Liberia and it is expected that our support will go further than the emergency period and interventions. I am glad that healthcare workers who may fall sick to Ebola can now get quality treatment right here in Liberia,” the Ambassador emphasized.She indicated that Liberia had made progress and will continue to make progress in the fight against Ebola until the virus is finally eradicated from the country. She thanked the AFL and Liberians in general for their cooperation with the U.S. and other partners working in Liberia.Since the outbreak of the virus, health workers have been the hardest hit with over 70 falling prey to the disease. These include Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurses. The construction of this facility, though it may be considered belated, will serve as a ‘safe haven,’ for these health workers who are still on the frontlines and dedicating their lives to the service of humanity.Providing an overview of the facility, the Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, noted that the MMU is multifunctional and was reconfigured to meet the mission requirements specific to infectious disease treatment in Liberia.“Although this is a clinical care unit, not usually intended for an infectious pathogen, the DoD and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps worked in partnership to reconfigure the facility to function as an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).“In addition, experts from Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) were consulted on the reconfiguration, illuminating the multi-sector approach in support of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the United States Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is overseeing the overall U.S. Ebola response in the region,” he said.Admiral Giberson said seventy officers, with diverse clinical and public health backgrounds, will bring safety and security to the brave men and women who are serving as frontlines heroes, and continue efforts of USAID, DoD, the government of Liberia and international partners to build capacity for additional care in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
10 10 10 10 10 10 6. David Villa has scored 376 career goals (in 745 games) – The Spaniard scored 286 goals in his Spanish club career, which took in Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid. He swapped Spain for the States in June 2014, and has 29 for New York City, so far. Villa briefly joined Melbourne City, getting his name on the scoresheet twice. And he netted 59 for Spain in a trophy-laden nine years, during which he won 97 caps. 7. Luis Suarez has scored 349 career goals (in 539 games) – The Uruguay international has 84 goals for current club Barcelona, plus 82 for Liverpool, 111 for Ajax, 15 for Gronigen, 12 for Nacional and 45 for his country. He has won the European Golden Shoe award with both Liverpool and Barca. Suarez has top scored in the Dutch, English and Spanish top flights. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 453 career goals (in 792 games) – The Sweden icon has rarely struggled to find the back of the net, scoring for Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, winning titles in four countries. Ibrahimovic has also scored 62 goals for his country’s senior team. 10 10 Lionel Messi has retired from international football after losing his fourth major final with his national team, but he does so as Argentina’s record goal scorer.Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is attempting to fire Portugal to Euro 2016 glory, a month after helping Real Madrid claim an 11th Champions League triumph.But the European Golden Shoe for most league goals in the 2015/16 season went to Luis Suarez, who bagged 40 Liga goals for Barcelona.So, who has the most career goals to date? Take a look at the slideshow countdown above to find out.*From a selection of current professional footballers playing in (or who have played the majority of their career in) elite level professional football.All statistics correct up to and including 26 June 2016 5. Robbie Keane has scored 377 career goals (in 846 games) – Keane has scored 310 times for Coventry City, Inter, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, West Ham, Aston Villa, Celtic and LA Galaxy, plus a record 67 goals for Republic of Ireland. 10 9. Wayne Rooney has scored 314 career goals (in 711 games) – Rooney, who is second to Bobby Charlton on Manchester United’s all-time goalscorers list, has scored 245 goals for Man United and a record 52 for England. 2. Lionel Messi has scored 519 career goals (in 683 games) – As well as being Barcelona’s all-time record goal scorer, Messi is also Argentina’s most prolific international, having netted 55 goals for his national side. Add 11 goals for Barca’s second and third teams in the Spanish third and fourth divisions and you have over 519 career goals. Messi has won three European Golden Shoe awards. 8. Didier Drogba has scored 346 career goals (in 750 games) – The Stamford Bridge legend has scored 71 goals in French football, for Le Mans, Guingamp and Marseille, got 20 for Turkish club Galatasaray and eight for Chinese side Shanghai. Drogba has scored 18 in Montreal Impact colours, 65 for Ivory Coast, and not forgetting his 164 for Chelsea. 4. Samuel Eto’o has scored 384 career goals (in 788 games) – The well-travelled Etoo is widely remembered for his goals for Mallorca, Barcelona and Inter, while his goal tally at Chelsea, Anzhi, Everton, Sampdoria and current club Antalyaspor have bumped up his career total. For Cameroon he scored 56 international goals. 10. Francesco Totti has scored 313 career goals (in 814 games) – to find out who are the world’s top goal scorers in competitive football, click the arrow above – The Italian is a true one-club man, having made his debut for Roma at the age of 16 in 1993. Incredibly he is still playing at the age of 39 and has no intention of calling it a day just yet. As well as 304 goals for Roma, he bagged nine for Italy, including one in the Azzuri’s glorious 2006 World Cup campaign. 10 1. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 547 career goals (in 787 games) – Ronaldos record for Los Blancos is simply stunning and he is showing few signs of letting up in front of goal. Along with his record 364 for Real, he has 118 goals for Manchester United, five for his first club Sporting, and a national record 60 for Portugal. Ronaldo has claimed four European Golden Shoe awards.