Advisory - An African Success Story: Photo Exhibit

    OTTAWA, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Lucille Teasdale - one of Canada's first
female surgeons - and her Italian husband Piero Corti turned a small
dispensary in Gulu, Uganda, into what is known today as one of Africa's
largest non-profit hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Lacor. Canada's International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Lucille Teasdale & Piero Corti
Foundation are proud to present Lacor: An African Success Story, a photo
exhibit by Mauro Fermariello that depicts the life-long devotion and
commitment of these two incredible doctors and local practitioners in
providing much needed medical services to the citizens of Gulu and its
surroundings. The exhibit is hosted by Library and Archives Canada.

    Date: Monday, October 27, 2008
    Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

    Dominique Corti, the daughter of Drs. Lucille Teasdale and Piero Corti,
will inaugurate the exhibition. Corti, who was born at Lacor Hospital, ensures
the legacy of her parents' work as honorary president of the Lucille Teasdale
& Piero Corti Foundation, which supports the work of the hospital. She will be
joined by Dr. Martin Ogwang, Institutional Director of Lacor Hospital,
photographer Mauro Fermariello, IDRC Vice-President, Programs, Rohinton
Medhora, and Doug Rimmer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Library and Archives
    Lacor Hospital is an African success story. It has survived decades of
conflict, the onset of the AIDS epidemic, and an outbreak of Ebola. For years,
thousands of Night Commuters also sought shelter overnight at Lacor, sleeping
within the protective walls of the hospital compound to evade capture by
rebels. Today, Lacor Hospital is training the next generation of Uganda's
doctors, nurses, lab technicians, public health educators, and AIDS
    A partner of the Foundation, IDRC administers a health research program
inspired by the couple's legacy. It is also providing financial support to
Lacor Hospital to improve its digital technology to more effectively collect,
share, and access health information.
    The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are
encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-236-6163,
ext. 2343. For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly
40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163, ext.
2343, (613) 816-7620,

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