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Announcement :: Social Welfare
Conference Signals Hope for AIDS Orphans
25 Jul 2006
Boston, MA (July 25, 2006) – At the 2006 Conference on AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children to be held at the Museum of Science, President Martin Owino of the African Health Foundation, who has witnessed first hand in his native rural Kenya the ravages of the AIDS epidemic, will offer a message of hope.

The 2006 Conference on AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children will showcase a community-based care approach intended to provide sustainable solutions to the AIDS orphans crisis in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Rather than building new orphanages or large institutional-care facilities, this approach provides the resources needed for extended families and communities to care for orphans themselves. The conference will provide a forum for charitable, scientific, and political communities to share ideas and develop new strategies for alleviating the plight of children affected by the AIDS epidemic.

The staggering prevalence of HIV/AIDS and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in a growing population of orphaned children with limited means of receiving care, sustenance, and education. Owino, as a former public health officer in Kenya, has witnesses this first hand. He and his wife Phoebe have also watched dozens of their own family, friends and neighbors suffer and die from AIDS in the rural village in Western Kenya where Owino grew up.

Owino and his family have faithfully dedicated themselves to the cause of Africa’s AIDS orphans by founding and leading the African Health Foundation, which strives to assist sub-Saharan African communities to rediscover their strength and potential. Indicative of their determination, the Owinos have called their model the Hope Centers Initiative.

The conference is to be held on August 26, starting at 12:30 PM, at the Museum of Science, Boston. Registration fee is $20 per person; $30 for registration plus admission to the 6PM showing of the Omni film Africa: The Serengeti. Student rates available.

The keynote address will be from Pride Chigwedere, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health. The conference will also feature an academic paper session, networking opportunities, and a presentation from Face-to Face AIDS. For more information or to register for the 2006 Conference on AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children on August 26 at the Museum of Science in Boston, send an email to info (at) or visit AHF on the web at
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