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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

Ebola Response: Q&A with Dr. Adrienne Chan

Ebola Response: Q&A with Dr. Adrienne Chan

Dignitas International’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Adrienne Chan, has returned to Canada after supporting the World Health Organization’s Ebola response in Sierra Leone from December 2014-February 2015. Together with an international group of clinical colleagues and partners, Dr. Chan coordinated the WHO Clinical Management Training Team at the IOM Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, supported Mobile

Behind the Scenes at the Winter 2015 UN Youth Assembly

Behind the Scenes at the Winter 2015 UN Youth Assembly

Dignitas Youth leader Yi-Min Chun recently attended the Youth Assembly held at the United Nations in New York City. In this blog post, she shares her experience at the conference. Two weeks ago, I found myself on the bustling streets of New York City commuting through morning rush hour traffic. Walking down 42nd street, coffee

Tackling TB in a Malawi Prison

Tackling TB in a Malawi Prison

Due to the confined and congested living conditions, Malawi’s prisons are often a fertile ground for TB infection. Prison authorities and medical staff are keen to find solutions. Zomba Central Prison was built in 1923 and serves as the only maximum security prison in the country. The building itself has fallen into disrepair with a