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World TB Day 2016

World TB Day 2016

Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and yet it kills three people every minute globally. On March 24th, we marked World TB Day to build public awareness for this global health challenge. With a theme of “Unite to End TB”, partners called for a global effort to end TB once and for all by helping educate others

A Pivotal Evening

A Pivotal Evening

On February 23rd, some of the brightest minds in science and the arts gathered at The Spoke Club in Toronto to present a fascinating look at one of the world’s biggest challenges: the impact of climate change on global health. Dr. James Orbiniski, Dr. Richard Peltier and Carol Devine were the keynote speakers at the

Partnering with First Nations to fight Diabetes in Northern Ontario

Partnering with First Nations to fight Diabetes in Northern Ontario

Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of how past injustices continue to have a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of First Nations people. The severe and ongoing health inequities faced by these communities have rightfully risen to prominence in our national media and public discourse in recent months. In February, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)

Dignitas International Co-Founder wins prestigious Canadian medical award

Dignitas International Co-Founder wins prestigious Canadian medical award

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has awarded Dignitas International Cofounder Dr. James Orbinski one of Canada’s most prestigious medical awards for his long-term commitment to improving health care, both locally and globally. Dr. Orbinski received the 2016 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award late last week for work that ranges from the characterization of

From the Desk of the CEO – December 2015

From the Desk of the CEO – December 2015

This past year has felt dark at times. The global events in my daily news feed – terrorist attacks, massacres, bombings, gun violence, climate change, refugee drownings – have left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach: is this now the status quo? Will this never-ending stream of threats and terror

Ebola study reports vision, hearing and joint pain problems among survivors

Ebola study reports vision, hearing and joint pain problems among survivors

The largest research study to date of survivors from the largest recorded Ebola outbreak shows that patients reported complications such as vision, hearing and joint pain problems months after being discharged from a treatment facility. The findings suggest that the Ebola virus may persist in certain bodily fluids after resolution of the acute disease. Dr.

James Bond SPECTRE

James Bond SPECTRE

Earlier this month, Dignitas International hosted an evening of intrigue and inspiration with an advanced screening of the highly anticipated James Bond film SPECTRE at the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. Afterwards, guests mingled at an exclusive after-party at the Drake One Fifty, which featured Bond-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a shiny new silver

Give a Day Helps HIV+ Teens Access Treatment

Give a Day Helps HIV+ Teens Access Treatment

Hi! My name is Daniela Garone, Medical Program Manager with Dignitas International. I am writing to Give a Day supporters so you can know what a powerful impact you have when you donate to Dignitas! I want to share with you the special impact of our Teen Club program. Being a teenager in Canada is

From the Desk of the CEO – August 2015

From the Desk of the CEO – August 2015

Having joined Dignitas as CEO this past January, I’ve had time to easy my way into the role and the operations. I have started thinking about our future as an organization and the strategy that will lead us to achieve our mission. The timing of my arrival at Dignitas was fortuitous; we were just launching

Q&A with Florence Kasende

Q&A with Florence Kasende

We recently sat down with Florence Kasende, who serves as a Senior Study Coordinator for the PURE study aimed at improving Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Treatment Uptake and Retention in Malawi. Florence, who is pregnant and expecting her first child this month, shared her perspective about this important research aimed at building an AIDS-free generation.