Physicians Across Canada Support the World Health Day Challenge
TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - So far, more than 60 physicians across Canada
have signed up to 'Donate a Day for Africa' in support of World Health
Day, on April 7th.
These Canadian physicians are demonstrating their commitment to
overcoming poverty in Africa by donating part or all of their day's
income by signing up for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief's
(CPAR's) 6th Annual World Health Day Challenge.
One of the projects that physicians will support is the Safe Motherhood
Project - a project that will provide Traditional Birth Attendants with
safe birthing kits (containing gloves, mats and scissors), training and
education, and bicycles needed for emergency care of mothers and
Providing support to Traditional Birth Attendants is critical. For women
in industrialized nations, the risk of maternal mortality is about 1 in
4,000 whereas in sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 1 in every 16 women are
facing the lifetime risk of maternal death.
On World Health Day, April 7th, Canadian physicians will donate part or all of their day's income and
help prevent maternal and child death in rural Tanzania.
Physicians from cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto,
Calgary, and Ottawa have signed up for the Challenge and will lend
their support to this critical cause.
Dr. Vance Pegado, a physician based in Burlington, Ontario who donated a
day of his income last year, believes that the World Health Day
Challenge is an effective way to reach out to communities in rural
"Always having said that I would give back when I could and finally
having done so last year, it was a wonderful feeling," says Dr. Pegado.
"To truly think about how someone far off would benefit from such a
project, is all the motivation I need."
The World Health Day Challenge has not only garnered the support of
physicians, but a wide variety of health professionals ranging from
social workers, to nurses are also participating. These health care
professionals believe that the global community has a part to play in
supporting health and development beyond the geographic boundaries of
their communities - especially in rural Africa.
CPAR's World Health Day Challenge is partly inspired by the efforts of
Dr. N. Kevin Wade, a Vancouver-based ophthalmologist who donated an
entire day of his medical service payment plans to CPAR in September
2002 and again in September 2005.
"When I saw CPAR's work in Africa first-hand and experienced the health
conditions in Blantyre, Malawi during a research project, I knew I
wanted to contribute to the cause," says Dr. Wade.
"My responsibilities in Canada to my patients, staff and family would
make working in Africa difficult, so I think that donating a day's
office income is another way I can help out."
CPAR's primary health care work focuses on reducing the burden of HIV &
AIDS through community awareness programs, preventing the spread of
common diseases by increasing access to clean water and sanitation
facilities, promoting healthy pregnancies and educating communities
about sexual and reproductive health issues.
CPAR works with local rural African communities to ensure access to
clean water, adequate food, primary health care services and a safe and
Founded in 1984, CPAR works in partnership with vulnerable communities
and diverse organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy
communities in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.
Each year on April 7th, the world celebrates World Health Day. On this
day around the globe, thousands of events mark the importance of health
in leading a productive life.
SOURCE Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)
For further information:
Roxane Tracey, Communications Manager, CPAR
Tel: 416-369-0865 ext. 26