Innovative Approaches to Improving Health and Promoting Peace in Africa

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Leaders from Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda in the fields of health, education, and reconciliation will gather at the Divinity School on Nov. 19 to discuss the innovative ways they are strengthening health systems and promoting peace in their countries by bridging disciplines, ideologies, and faiths in communities torn by ethnic and religious violence.

This discussion is meant to motivate participants and audience members to think beyond conventional paradigms and discipline-driven approaches and offer new insights and possibilities for engagement in Africa. A facilitated question-and-answer period will follow the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

The 90-minute event begins at 11:30 a.m. in Room 0012 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School. Lunch will be served.

Speakers include:

Angelina Atyam, a mother, nurse midwife, and activist from northern Uganda. She is the co-founder of the Concerned Parents Association for parents of abducted children, which advocates for peace, forgiveness, and children's rights in Northern Uganda. She received the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 1998.

Maureen Nafula, advisor with the Ministry of Medical Services in Kenya, who provides support to health sector reforms focusing on health financing, commodity management, institutional reforms, health care referral strategy, and private-public partnerships. Previously, she directed the Institute of Healthcare Management at Strathmore Business School, where she was the founding director of the Advanced Healthcare Management Program. She also has held leading positions in the pharmaceutical industry in East Africa.

Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, who provided leadership as the bishop of Torit in the midst of Sudan's civil war. Upon retirement, he moved from Torit to a remote area in the Sudan and founded the Holy Trinity Peace Village, a holistic community where people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds live together in peace.

Moses Wanyonyi, a Ph.D. candidate in Experimental Pathology at Duke University Medical Center who also is involved in research at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in collaboration with Duke University HIV/AIDS Program in Moshi, Tanzania. He is a Kenyan by birth and has worked with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kenya before moving to Moshi, Tanzania.

Peter Morris, M.D., medical director for Wake County Human Services and a graduate of Duke Divinity School, will moderate the discussion.

For more information, please email Caroline Hope Griffith, or call 919-613-6124.