April 6, 2011 – Director General Dr. Teguest Guerma, MD and infectious disease expert of East African based African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), will be in Ottawa available to speak with media on World Health Day (April 7, 2011). She will also be in Montreal on Monday, April 11 and Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13.
Dr. Guerma can speak to:
- Effective use of Canadian aid investments in African health development including maternal and child health
- African strategies that work in disease reduction, treatment and prevention
- Training and retaining African health care workers; using e-Learning to reach remote workers
- Working with traditional healers to improve health outcomes in isolated communities
- Canadian partnerships in innovative global health research
Dr. Guerma, will also address a public forum (media are welcome) on Effective Strategies for Improving Health of Mothers and Children across Africa on Friday, April 8 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at:
North-South Institute/CIDA Speaker Series:
Palais des Congrès, 50 blvd. Maisonneuve
Room / Salle Désert A, Gatineau, QC Canada
About Dr. Tegeust Guerma: AMREF’s Director General began her distinguished career in public health in Senegal and Burundi where she practiced as a medical doctor and infectious disease expert before spending 17 years at the World Health Organization (WHO) in various countries around the globe. As Acting Director (2009-2010) of the WHO’s HIV/AIDS department Dr. Guerma co-led the successful 3x5 initiative to provide three million people living with HIV/AIDS with life-prolonging treatment by the end of 2005.
Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading African health development organization, AMREF was founded in Nairobi, Kenya in 1957 as the Flying Doctors Service. Recipients of both the Bill and Melinda Gates Award for Global Health and the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, AMREF staff and experts work to improve the health of the most disadvantaged in Africa, advocate for improved health practices and policies while sharing knowledge, materials and expertise with governments, other NGOs and international health agencies.