News Advisory - Native of Brockville Returns Home from Six Month Internship in Ethiopia

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A native of Brockville will soon be returning home after spending six months in Ethiopia interning with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). Emily Royal is one of 10 young Canadians who has just completed 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 Program Development Office for AMREF in Ethiopia, Emily's work covered a wide range of issues, including: visiting Canadian-funded projects to improve the health of moms and babies in remote parts of Ethiopia; seeing the importance of clean water and adequate sanitation first-hand; and, supporting the creation of reports and funding proposals for new projects.

Emily is available for interviews on Monday, January 6 or Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Speak to Emily about her experiences in Ethiopia. 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)