More than 150 Canadian Doctors are Donating a Day for Africa



    Physicians Across Canada Take the World Health Day Challenge

    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - So far, more than 150 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) 4th Annual
World Health Day Challenge.
    Physicians from cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto,
Calgary, and Ottawa have signed up for the Challenge and will lend their
support to building healthy communities in rural Africa.
    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 Africa.
    "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."
    Long-time CPAR supporter and Toronto-based psychiatrist, Dr. Donald Payne
is also taking up the cause and extending the Challenge to his colleagues.
    "Personally, I think CPAR's World Health Day Challenge is an excellent
and practical way for Canadian physicians to make a commitment to the
developing world by 'Working a Day for World Development'," says, Dr. Payne.

    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 healthy
environment.
    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.




For further information:

For further information: Media requiring more information: Roxane
Tracey, Communications Manager, CPAR, Email: rtracey@cpar.ca, Web:
www.donateaday.ca, Tel: (416) 369-0865 ext. 26

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