News Advisory - Toronto Resident Returning Home after Six Month Internship in Tanzania

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A resident of the Leaside area of Toronto will be returning home after spending six months in Tanzania interning with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). Heidi Parker is one of 10 young Canadians who is completing an internship with AMREF in sub-Saharan Africa, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA) through the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

As the Training Officer for AMREF in Tanzania, Heidi took on a wide variety of jobs, including: assisting with training young people about sexual and reproductive health; evaluating training sessions to improve health care for mothers before, during and after giving birth; and managing AMREF Tanzania's training program database.

Heidi is returning to Toronto in mid-February and is expected to be available for interviews after February 18, 2014.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Speak to Heidi about her experiences in Tanzania. Find out about her most treasured memories, the challenges she faced, and what the internship has meant to her.

About AMREF (www.amrefcanada.org; @AMREFCanada): The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) works with communities to improve Africans' health. African-based and African-led, AMREF is a global organization with intimate first-hand knowledge of the health challenges facing African communities. With more than 55 years of experience we are a recognized global leader in African health, having won both the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health and the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

SOURCE AMREF Canada (African Medical and Research Foundation)

For further information:

For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Jennifer Foulds, AMREF Canada, (416) 961-6981; (647) 771-5815 (cell)