Pittsburgh, PA (PressExposure) October 01, 2009 -- The July 29th-31st Medical conference on Alcohol and Other Drug Impact of the Spread of Infectious Diseases such as HIV/AIDS was deemed a great success by Dr. Peter Ndege of CASA. Dr. Ehab Elkharrat described the conference as "an echo of God's longing for (healing) in the world." "If I had only had this information (of how to treat alcoholics and other addicts) years ago I could have cut the spread of HIV/AIDS by one third" one physician attendee commented.
Under the auspices of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA), six GLOBAL OUTREACH FOR ADDICTION LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING (GOAL Project) volunteer addiction professionals joined those from the Kenya Substance Abuse Recovery And HIV/AIDS (SARAH) Network (mission project of GOAL Project in Kenya), the Center for Addiction Studies in Africa (CASA), the Academy for Educational Development, Kenya (AED) and the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC )to host this three day conference for 70 Kenya Health Care providers held at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi. The conference was funded in part by USAID through their New Partners PEPFAR and fees from participants but primarily through donations raised from participating GOAL volunteers and an African dinner held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in New Jersey.
During the second and third week of the GOAL Project team's mission trip - after an intensive first week of planning and training, some members stayed to visit and meet with individual grassroots partners of the SARAH Network and to listen to their reports. GOAL team members Ernestine Winfrey, Terry Gutberlet and Kathy Carden journeyed to Kisumu and Narok taking needed literature and expertise to the fledgling AA and AlAnon and AIDs recovery support groups in those communities.
This GOAL Project/SARAH/CASA private/public collaborative effort to host a much needed in-service training for Kenya Health Care Providers demonstrates the successful results of three years of capacity building in human and financial support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Plans are already underway to host another conference in 2010 for a larger group of East African Health Care professionals.