AIDS and its Global Impact: Empowering Community Action

AIDS/HIV is the deadliest epidemic of our time. Not only has it killed millions of people, but it also has a dramatic impact on families, firms, health systems, agriculture, education, and economies. People in developing countries are especially vulnerable and often lack access to support systems. How can we, as communities in the developed world, support the lives of the people affected by AIDS? Do Good Lab is partnering with grass-roots organizations in developing countries that address these challenges and give people the support they need.

One of these organizations is Action et Initiative pour le Development Sanitaire et Sociale (AIDSS).  It is an organization in Togo that concentrates efforts on aiding the psychological, social and medical health of HIV/AIDS patients and those affected by the disease in Togo. At this point the organization has no sustainable access to clean water. We partnered with AIDSS to help them build a cistern for collecting rainwater. An on-site water source would greatly contribute to the sanitary and hygienic needs of the center staff and beneficiaries. Since 2007, the staff has had to transport water from the city, and a sustainable local source will greatly decrease the time, energy, and money that goes to procuring water. These are the initiatives that we at Do Good Lab support and promote.

To learn more about AIDS, its effects, and the bearing of community-led programs, we are holding a panel discussion entitled AIDS and its Global Impact: Empowering Community Action. This event will bring together several experts from the field of global health and community empowerment.

Join us as we ask, discuss, and learn about this disease, its global impact, and the community initiatives that are making a difference.

When: April 16, 2012 at 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: 285 Main Street, San Francisco

Suggested Donation: $10

Our panelists:

Austin Caroll Keeley, Recruitments and Partnerships Director of Face Aids, an organization started in Zambia that empowers AIDS-affected individuals and communities. It provides opportunities for leadership development and meaningful engagement in addressing health, poverty, and development challenges by awarding small grants to selected chapters to design and implement youth-led community health interventions.

Dr. George Rutherford,  is the Salvatore Pablo Lucia Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History, Head of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Public Health in UCSF,  Advisor to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS, and has served as State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California, Director of the AIDS Office for the San Francisco Department of Public Health;

Peter Glenn, is an entrepreneur and filmmaker who directed Into the Light, an award winning film about a Tanzanian sociologist’s 40-day journey to uncover AIDS in Tanzania. In East Africa, he has launched a mobile cinema startup, managed an American NGO, and directed the TV Production Programme at St. Augustine University of Tanzania.  Peter earned his MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and manages business development for Fenix International, a renewable energy company focused on developing products for 1.5 billion people who live without electricity.

Kathrin Jansen, co-founder of Do Good Lab, an expert on sustainable management and international development. Past experiences in Africa include a position as a Project Assistant for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Uganda and as an Advisor for ThinkImpact’s Social Innovation Institute where she led a team of scholars in rural South Africa to build social enterprises. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Germany and an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. In Germany she worked as a Program Manager for the Federal Agency for Civic Education and developed novel educational programs to introduce political participation opportunities.

Our Moderator:

Ryan S. Jones, co-founder of Do Good Lab. After spending 3 months volunteering as a hospital chaplain in Kenya in 2007, Ryan observed the enormous potential of indigenous leaders and their communities strategically working together to address their own local challenges. This has made him a firm believer in community-led solutions. He is the also co-founder and Pastor of Eucharist, a new church in San Francisco that often partners with philanthropic causes


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