More than 80 Take the Challenge!

    Doctors to donate day's income to fight poverty in Africa

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - More than 80 physicians and health care
professionals have signed-up for Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief's
(CPAR's) 2nd Annual World Health Challenge to donate part or all of their
income to fight poverty in rural Africa.
    The initiative, held in honour of World Health Day on April 7th, has
grabbed the attention of teams of nurses, family physicians and social workers
across Canada in cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary.
    So far, more than $20,000 has been raised to support CPAR's primary
health and development projects in rural Africa.
    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.
    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 in the Challenge 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.
    "Personally, I think CPAR's World Health Day Challenge this 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
Toronto-based psychiatrist Dr. Donald Payne.

    CPAR works with local rural African communities to develop primary health
care, income generating, natural resource management and peace building
programs in support of a vision where 'health' is created and sustained by the
environmental, economic and social well-being of a community. 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:, Web:, Tel: (416) 369-0865 ext. 26

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