/R E P E A T -- PHOTO-OP - World Vision sends $4 million in cholera medication to Zimbabwe/

    Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) donates medications;
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funds majority of
    chartered plane costs.

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, World Vision will be
preparing a shipment of life-saving cholera medications to Zimbabwe at the
HPIC Distribution Centre in Mississauga, in partnership with HPIC and CIDA.

    WHAT:     Medications being prepared to be airlifted to Zimbabwe

    WHEN:     11 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    WHERE:    HPIC Distribution Centre
              7045 Unit A Tomken Road
              Mississauga, Ont.  L5S 1R7

    WHO:      World Vision Executive Vice President Dirk Booy
              HPIC President Glen Shepherd
              World Vision Regional Finance Officer and Zimbabwean, Edmund

    World Vision will distribute the re-hydration solutions and antibiotics
in Zimbabwe to benefit children and families suffering from cholera. The
medications donated by HPIC are valued at more than $4 million. This will be
airlifted on a chartered plane funded with a $300,000 grant by CIDA.
    More than 1,900 Zimbabweans have died from the countrywide cholera
epidemic since August 2008 and more than 38,000 cases have been reported,
according to the World Health Organization. World Vision is leading a
coordinated response to the epidemic by providing medical supplies, by
drilling boreholes and by distributing non-food items such as soap, jerry cans
and oral rehydration solution sachets to affected areas. World Vision has
worked in Zimbabwe since 1973 and operates extensive community development
    World Vision Executive Vice President Dirk Booy and HPIC President Glen
Shepherd will be attending the event, along with Zimbabwean World Vision staff
member Edmund Mushayandebvu.

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion,
race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit WorldVision.ca.

For further information:

For further information: For more information on Zimbabwe relief
activities or to interview World Vision staff, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi,
(905)  565-6200 ext. 2151, (416) 671-0086 (cell),
yoko_kobayashi@worldvision.ca; Alex Sancton, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3949, (416)
419-1321, alex_sancton@worldvision.ca; For more information on medical
shipments or to interview HPIC staff, please contact: Bill Kokesch, Associate
Director, Media Relations, Health Partners International of Canada, (514)
717-4769 (cell), bkokesch@hpicanada.ca

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