Canadian Doctors Donate Day's Income to Fight Poverty in Africa

    Almost 50 Doctors Across Canada Take the Challenge

    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - Almost 50 doctors from across Canada are ready
to donate all or part of their day's income to fight poverty in Africa in
response to Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief's (CPAR's) 3rd Annual World
Health Day Challenge.
    For the 2nd annual event, more than 100 physicians from across Canada
participated in the World Health Day Challenge and this year, participants are
expected to reach 150. Physicians from cities including Vancouver, Victoria,
Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa have signed-up for the Challenge and will lend
their support to building healthy communities in Africa.
    The World Health Day Challenge, held on World Health Day, April 7th of
each year, has not only garnered the support of physicians. A wide variety of
health professionals ranging from social workers to nurses are also
participating because they 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
    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.

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

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