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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

Getting on the fast track to end AIDS

Getting on the fast track to end AIDS

Photo: Dr. Megh Raj Jagriti, Dignitas International’s Malawi Country Director, displays a message on his hand in support of the UN campaign Hands Up for HIV Prevention on World AIDS Day 2017.  By Dr. Megh Raj Jagriti, Dignitas International’s Malawi Country Director On World AIDS Day, we join millions of people around the world commemorating

Hands Up For HIV Prevention! – Dignitas marks World AIDS Day in Malawi

Hands Up For HIV Prevention! – Dignitas marks World AIDS Day in Malawi

For close to three decades every December 1st, people around the world come together to observe World AIDS Day and pay their respects to the millions of people who have lost their lives to the epidemic. Since it first started in 1988, World AIDS Day has helped raise awareness about the impact HIV and AIDS

Dignitas research featured at major national conference in Malawi

Dignitas research featured at major national conference in Malawi

Dignitas International participated in this year’s Malawi Research and Best Practices Dissemination Conference, which took place in Lilongwe’s Bingu International Convention Center on November 24th. The country’s National AIDS Commission (NAC) organized the Conference. Chief of Health Services in the Malawi Ministry of Health Dr. Charles Mwansambo was the guest of honour who officially opened

Text-for-Health: New Dignitas app brings diabetes, TB and HIV info to Malawian phones

Text-for-Health: New Dignitas app brings diabetes, TB and HIV info to Malawian phones

In its mission to deliver quality and timely care, Dignitas International (DI) has developed mHealthTip, a Short Message Service (SMS) application that allows patients to receive health-related information on their mobile phones as a text message. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DI’s Data/ICT, Medical and Research Departments collaborated with Zomba

ARRIVAL charity screening supports Dignitas’ mission to build strong health systems

ARRIVAL charity screening supports Dignitas’ mission to build strong health systems

On November 9th, Dignitas hosted a special advanced charity screening of ARRIVAL at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, followed by a cocktail reception at the stylish Storys Building a few blocks away. We’re very happy to report that over 300 people came out for the night, helping us raise over $100,000. Events like this are important to

Bridges to better healthcare: Dignitas and Knowledge Translation in Malawi

Bridges to better healthcare: Dignitas and Knowledge Translation in Malawi

The following interview is an excerpt from Dignitas International’s 2015 Annual Report.   Dr. Beatrice L.M. Mwagomba, National Program Manager of Non-Communicable Diseases & Mental Health, Malawi Ministry of Health. “Too often research is conducted in Malawi but not utilized to improve our countries’ health policy and practice,” says Dr. Beatrice L.M. Mwagomba, the Ministry of Health’s National

Pivot Group: The Road Ahead for Aboriginal Health and Education

Pivot Group: The Road Ahead for Aboriginal Health and Education

Tackling the health and education inequities that are impacting Canada’s indigenous communities are among the most urgent issues we face as a nation.  On October 13th, we brought together two leading experts on these subjects: The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Institute, and Dr.