Over 150 Physicians Expected to Take the Challenge!

    Doctors to donate day's income to raise $100,000 to fight poverty in

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Last World Health Day, on April 7th, over
100 physicians across Canada demonstrated their commitment to overcoming
poverty in Africa by donating part or all of their day's income to Canadian
Physicians for Aid and Relief's (CPAR's) 2nd Annual World Health Day Challenge
- this year the organization is hoping to see more than 150 physicians take
the Challenge and raise $100,000 to fight poverty in Africa.
    For the first annual event, physicians from across Canada, including
cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa, signed-up to lend
their support to building healthy communities in Africa, raising almost
$66,000 for the cause. Overall, participants were extremely generous and
donated an average of 85% of their World Health Day salaries to support CPAR's
health and development projects in rural Africa.
    The World Health Day Challenge has not only garnered the support of
physicians, but a wide variety of health practitioners 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.
    "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.

For further information:

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

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