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Teen Club: Supporting Adolescents with HIV

Teen Club: Supporting Adolescents with HIV

HIV+ youth are particularly vulnerable to stigma and discrimination from friends, family and community members. At the age of 15, Mada tested positive for HIV and faced stigma and discrimination at school and her in the community in Phalombe District, Malawi. “I was the laughing stock among my peers. I was ridiculed because I was

What a little moonlight can do: HIV treatment for people on the margins

What a little moonlight can do: HIV treatment for people on the margins

While 5pm is the end of the workday for most staff at Dignitas International (DI) in Malawi, this isn’t the case for George Mulewa. Trained in Key Population and Sexual Reproductive Health, his role usually takes him out after work hours to bars or other “hotspots” that typically have high concentrations of people that face

The impact you powered in 2016

The impact you powered in 2016

2016 was a year of transformation for Dignitas. We’re proud to share with you some highlights of our work from this past year. In our 2016 Annual Report, you’ll see the incredible achievements we made with your support. Please scroll through the stories in the window above to learn more about how we’re transforming health around the world. — Your

Indigenous Health meeting to review progress, set future direction

Indigenous Health meeting to review progress, set future direction

On March 27 and 28, Dignitas International and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority are hosting a Knowledge Translation and Exchange Workshop as part of the conclusion of our Community Health Worker Diabetes Pilot Project in 4 Northern Ontario communities. Held in Lac Seul, the event will review 3 years of progress and plan

Eight things you need to know on World TB Day

Eight things you need to know on World TB Day

Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and yet is still among the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Even with 10 million people falling ill with TB in 2015, the common perception is that it is a thing of the past. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t. Many countries, especially developing nations like Malawi, still face

New integrated TB/HIV clinic brings critically needed care to overlooked area

New integrated TB/HIV clinic brings critically needed care to overlooked area

Located at the junction of Malawi’s main rail line and the busy M8 highway, the southern town of Balaka is a small but active transportation hub, visited daily by people travelling for business or pleasure. It is a stopover between Lilongwe, the national capital, and Blantye, an important commercial city further south. Although there is little

Renowned Artist Donates Artwork Proceeds to Indigenous Health

Renowned Artist Donates Artwork Proceeds to Indigenous Health

“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back” – Louis Riel Sioux Artist Maxine Noel has generously donated proceeds from her ‘Spirit of the Woodlands’ art collection to Dignitas International’s Indigenous Health Partners Program. Maxine was first introduced to Dignitas’

Big Expansion of Malawi Program Builds on Success

Big Expansion of Malawi Program Builds on Success

Starting in late 2016, Dignitas partnered with a large HIV test, treat, and care consortium called EQUIP. Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment targets, the consortium has been established to implement a WHO-endorsed treat-all approach for people living with HIV. Known as Test and Treat, the

Dr. James Orbinski Donates Prize Winnings to Dignitas

Dr. James Orbinski Donates Prize Winnings to Dignitas

Back in April 2016, we reported that Dignitas International Co-Founder Dr. James Orbinski was chosen for one of Canada’s most prestigious medical awards, the Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The award recognizes physicians that make big personal sacrifices, often exposing themselves to risk. The Royal College also put

Q&A: Dr. Alika Lafontaine on the way forward for Indigenous health in Canada

Q&A: Dr. Alika Lafontaine on the way forward for Indigenous health in Canada

We recently caught up with Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an Indigenous physician of Cree and Anishinaabe heritage. Dr. Lafontaine is the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and lectures across the country about the impact of bias, discrimination and racism on patient care, and why addressing these issues lie at the core of improving