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Read the latest updates on our lifesaving medical and research programs.

Sisters in Action

Sisters in Action

Navina and Nithiyaa Pushpanathan are past presidents of the Dignitas Youth chapter at Western University. A friend attending McGill University introduced the sisters to Dignitas International’s work and they were inspired to start a chapter at their school in 2012. “The sustainable and community approach [to improving health care] spoke loudly to us. Dignitas International’s

Caring for the Caregivers

Caring for the Caregivers

  “Save one life, you are a hero. Save hundreds of lives, you are a nurse.” – unknown Every year on May 12, the world celebrates International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is an opportunity to honour the service of health care workers who care for sick people every day, often

Feist & Dignitas in Malawi

Feist & Dignitas in Malawi

This past April, Canadian singer-songwriter and Dignitas supporter, Leslie Feist travelled to Malawi to see our medical and research programs. She was accompanied by her friends David and Michael Young, who are incredible champions of Dignitas and serve on our Board of Directors. During her visit, Leslie met many of the patients, health care workers and researchers working

Racing for Health and Hope

Racing for Health and Hope

  What does the Race for Dignity mean for HIV+ teens in Malawi? It means, quite simply, the chance for health and hope. Earlier this month, more than 350 students from Toronto high schools participated in the 6th annual Race for Dignity at Branksome Hall. The high-energy spin-a-thon event raised more than $20,000 to support

Building an AIDS-free Generation

Building an AIDS-free Generation

Gertrude Mulima is a 24-year-old primary school teacher and the mother of an HIV-free baby girl, thanks to Dignitas International. Each day, Gertrude teaches two subjects to her students, Chichewa (the local language in Malawi) and Social and Environmental Sciences. Some of her students find these subjects a bit challenging. Gertrude’s biggest challenge came in

From the Desk of the CEO – April 2015

From the Desk of the CEO – April 2015

I joined Dignitas International as the President and CEO at the beginning of the year and had the opportunity to travel to Malawi in March to visit our medical and research programs with a pair of fresh eyes. After 20 years of working internationally, I have seen many impactful development projects – and a few

World TB Day 2015

World TB Day 2015

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious global health challenge with 9 million new TB cases and nearly 1.5 million deaths reported each year. Earlier this month on March 24th, citizens across the globe marked World TB Day. This year, partners continued to call for a global effort to find, treat and cure all people with the

Dignitas Youth Western!

Dignitas Youth Western!

Dignitas Youth Western recently held their annual Race for Dignity on campus. As as result of their efforts for the year, the group will be donating a grand total of $1,900 to support our medical and research programs, marking the most funds raised since becoming an official Western U club three years ago! Earlier this

Aftermath of the Malawi Floods

Aftermath of the Malawi Floods

  Last month, torrential rains caused severe flooding and devastated communities in southern Malawi. Mphatso Tembenu is one of nearly a quarter of million people who lost their homes and have been displaced by the floods. A few weeks ago, the 42 year-old mother of three noticed that water levels were becoming dangerously high and