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Grand Challenges Canada grant to support Integrated Health Care

Grand Challenges Canada grant to support Integrated Health Care

Over the last decade, the world collectively responded to the AIDS crisis by mobilizing human and financial resources on an unprecedented scale. This global response saved millions of lives but created health care systems in sub-Saharan Africa that are vertically focused on the treatment of a single infectious disease and unable to adapt to the

Dignitas International welcomes new President and CEO

Dignitas International welcomes new President and CEO

Dignitas International is pleased to announce that Heather Johnston has joined as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Heather joins the organization with more than 20 years of experience in international development, most recently as Director of Programs at Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC). In this capacity since 2012, Heather oversaw the design and

MAKE ART/STOP AIDS Film Project

MAKE ART/STOP AIDS Film Project

This past year, Dignitas International partnered with the Art and Global Health Center – Africa to produce the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS (MASA) Film project in conjunction with our 10th anniversary. In this blog post, David Young, a member of Dignitas’s Board of Directors, shares about his engagement with this powerful grassroots initiative. Last winter when

Inspiring Youth

Inspiring Youth

Dr. Bob Bennett believes that engaging youth is instrumental to tackling AIDS and other global health challenges. “Youth are ambitious, interested and eager to participate in humanitarian initiatives. Young people want to make an impact,” says Dr. Bennett. Dr. Bob first met Dignitas co-founder Dr. James Orbinski in October 2001, just weeks after 9/11. The

A Farewell Message from our President and CEO

A Farewell Message from our President and CEO

Over the last 10 years this organization has made a significant impact on the lives of so many people. Your contribution has been crucial in making that difference. Thank you. During my time at Dignitas, we celebrated many triumphs while overcoming a number of challenges. Through it all, the passionate commitment from our staff, our

Research in Focus: The STAMP study

Research in Focus: The STAMP study

It is well known that the brunt of the global AIDS epidemic has been felt by people in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the 2014 UNAIDS GAP Report, there are currently 24.7 million people living with HIV in the region; this accounts for 71% of all people living with HIV worldwide. Furthermore, there were an estimated

Dignitas presents at Indigenous Health Conference

Dignitas presents at Indigenous Health Conference

On November 20-21, the University of Toronto hosted an Indigenous Health Conference, which brought together health care providers, policymakers and public health specialists. “Challenging Health Inequities” was the theme of the inaugural conference held in Toronto. As described by conference organizers, Indigenous people in Canada (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) experience significant health disparities on

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

  In the lead up to World AIDS Day, Dignitas International’s Edson Mwinjiwa is visiting Canada for the first time to share his story with supporters of the Give a Day campaign. The campaign encourages Canadians to give a day’s pay on World AIDS Day (December 1st) to support communities fighting AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Safeguarding Malawi’s health care workforce

Safeguarding Malawi’s health care workforce

In many sub-Saharan African countries, there are crisis-level shortages in health care workers, making it difficult for people to access essential medical services. In Malawi, for instance, there are only 2 physicians for every 100,000 people. The AIDS epidemic has also impacted an already struggling health care system, with the virus claiming the lives of