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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

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