Microbial Plant Protection Products – Online Press Conference

On 31 March 2022, a Press Conference was co-hosted by Member of the European Parliament Mr Martin Hlaváček (Renew Europe/Czech Republic) and the Microbial Plant Protection Products Task Force in cooperation with PA International. Chaired by H.E. Ad Melkert it focused on the importance of accelerating the EU market access of microbial PPPs. The other speakers included Prof. Mark Eyskens (former Belgian Prime Minister), Dr Willem Ravensberg (Regulatory Affairs Manager at Koppert), Dr Jobien Wind (a biochemical scientist with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Policy Officer at the Dutch PD association), Diana Lenzi (President of CEJA, the Council of European Young Farmers) and David Cary (Science Advisor to the Task Force and Board Member of PAN Europe); a summary of a Legal Opinion on the matter by the law firm Arnold & Porter – serving as a basis for a proposed draft European Commission ‘Communication‘ – was equally presented. The report of the press conference is available on the Task Force website.

WEBINAR: Antibiotics market failure

The second in a series of high-level webinars co-organized by the PA International Foundation and The Parliament Magazine, ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: The Requirement for a New Business Model for the Development, Production and Sales of New Antibiotics’, took place on 4 June 2020 and addressed the antibiotics market failure in the framework of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The audio/video recording is available on YouTube. Click here to read a summarizing article including the most important statements by speakers such as Lord Jim O’Neill and Members of the European Parliament Tiemo Wölken and Peter Liese.

WEBINAR: Disease outbreaks and the EU’s precautionary measures

According to both EFSA and ECDC the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is rapidly rising. So is the pressure on the EU’s public health system. A direct relationship is even made between AMR and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. There is hardly anyone left to disagree that it is paramount to find new ways to treat bacterial infections. ‘Bacteriophages’ or ‘phages’ are one key alternative. These are the natural predators of bacteria! Phages can be used to treat both human and food-borne bacterial infections. This notably includes one potentially lethal pathogen: listeriosis. On 30 April 2020 the PA International Foundation, in cooperation with The Parliament Magazine, organized a webinar entitled ‚Disease outbreaks and the EU’s precautionary measures: the listeriosis victims’ perspective‘, hosted by MEP Ms Sarah Wiener (Greens/EFA, AT), MEP Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), and MEP Mr Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE). Read a full review here: StopAMR.

Outreach Therapeutic Infant Food Agency (OTIFA)

150 OTIFA student volunteers in Tasikmalaya, South West-Java, Indonesia, take measurements to decide to what extent a child is malnourished and provide nutritious food accordingly. The program, coordinated by Prof. Widjaja Lukito, is supported by scientific studies and applied with the utmost care and knowledge. The volunteers reach the homes of children in often remote areas in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia by means of ‘KlikQuick’, an Uber-like means of transport on motorcycles. To protect the volunteers against the rain, they proudly wear the OTIFA jackets.

Antimicrobial Resistance

PA cooperated with The Parliament Magazine for its special issue on Antimicrobial Resistance: Time to Act, 11 September 2017. Texts are sourced from a major AMR conference hosted by the Chair and Vice Chairs of the Environment and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament.

Bio-sealing project in Indonesia

Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting, holder of the Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management at Utrecht University, presents the bio-sealing technology to create subsurface aquifers. He met with then Advisor to Indonesian President Joko Widodo and current BAPPENAS Minister H.E. Suharso Monoarfa at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague on 5 April 2018. As a result of this meeting, preparations are being finalized for a first field test near Jakarta in cooperation with the Technical University of Bandung (ITB) among others, funded and observed by Oman’s Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources.

Best English Student Test

Together with the Lecturer of the Edgar Brood Academic Chair at University Siliwangi in Tasikmalaya, a position currently held by Nanak Hikmatullah, PA organizes the Best English Student Test open to all UNSIL students. In 2019 Yadi Supriadi won the 4-stage contest. He was awarded an internship at the PA Brussels office in July-August to study how the European Union institutions work, which programs and projects they implement in Indonesia, which funding possibilities are available, and the progress in the EU-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

Establishment of a Community Home following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Aceh

Then Dutch Ambassador Koos van Dam honours the PA International Foundation with his presence at the symbolic coconut tree planting at the opening of the Community Home in Lhok Nga, Aceh, Sumatra, 28 September 2005. The Community Home was constructed by small and large industries supported by major grants from, among others, UNDP. Nine UNICEF experts guided hundreds of orphans back to a healthy, safe life following the earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004. Then PA Director Hans Nijhoff managed 25 team members to help rebuild their (agricultural) life.

Water filters for Lombok

Between 29 July and 9 August 2018 earthquakes shook Lombok in Indonesia. PA International donated 1,100 Nazava water filters to people who had become homeless. Plan Indonesia distributed the filters for free. One filter provides safe and clean water to a family of 5 for 2 years.

Reconstruction of a school building in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

The Tasik Children’s Foundation reconstructed part of the SMPN I Cigalontang school that was destroyed by an earthquake in 2009.

Water filters for Nepal

The PA International Foundation donated 1,134 Nazava water filters to the victims of the 25 April 2015 earthquake in Nepal; Qatar Airways shipped the filters for free from Indonesia to Nepal. One filter provides safe and clean water to a family of 5 for 2 years.

Assistance to Chinese students after earthquake in Sichuan

On 12 May, 2008 the province of Sichuan in central China was struck by a devastating earthquake. One of the worst hit villages in the region was Baolin. To assist with the interior amenities of a primary and secondary school after it was rebuilt, PA International agreed with the local authorities to provide 25 laptops and equipment for an English language center.

In order to promote the knowledge of English among the Baolin school’s pupils PA International proposed the school organize a written and oral English test among the Grade 7 and Grade 8 students (14- and 15-year-olds). The grand prize was a trip to The Netherlands together with one of the teachers funded by PA International. On 21-27 November 2010 teacher Wang and student Yan Qian visited Belgium and The Netherlands to engage with students at Tooropmavo school in Rotterdam.

Aftershool House in Yamada-machi, Japan

PA International is one of the initiators of the Oranda-jima Foundation that was established after the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Oranda-jima Foundation signed an agreement with the Mayor of Yamada-machi to construct an Afterschool House next to Funakoshi Elementary School. The Afterschool House also provided mental health resources for the children impacted by the earthquake. It is sponsored by mainly Dutch companies due to the historical Dutch presence in Yamada-machi since 1643.

Kofi Annan Business School Foundation

PA International assisted to establish the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. This Foundation invites the most promising students and young professionals in the most isolated and underdeveloped areas to take a degree for free at the best business schools in Europe and North America. Current partner schools are ESMT, HHL Leipzig (Germany), University of Utrecht (Netherlands), NOVA SBE (Portugal), Koc University (Turkey) and Business School Lausanne (Switzerland).

Aging Related Diseases: From Treatment to Prevention

On 30 June 2012, PA International and the Asian Population and Development Association held a conference on Ageing Related Diseases: from Treatment to Prevention. The event brought together representatives from academia, civil society, industry and Government to discuss ways in which elderly health can be improved through lifestyle interventions, such as boosting the nutritional quality of food products. By increasing the health and independence of the elderly, it is hoped that they would be physically able and psychologically willing to continue to contribute to the public life of Japan, a necessity in a rapidly ageing society. To encourage and celebrate the continued activity of the elderly, a new Award for Elderly Empowerment was presented at the Conference to the Japanese Buddhist leader, author and activist Jakucho Setouchi.

Reconstruction of a Pakistan school destroyed after an earthquake

The school GGPS Gul Dheri in Pakistan was re-built with PA funds in cooperation with Caritas Switzerland and Mr Paul van Poecke following the 8 October 2005 earthquake.