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FEZANA at the United Nations

53rd Commission on the Status of Women 

New York, February 28, 2009 — Representatives for the FEZANA-UN-NGO 
team, Kamalrukh Katrak, Farah Minwalla, Deena Patel, and Trity 
Pourbahrami, will present a workshop at the United Nations’ 
Commission on the Status of Women in March 2009.


Success Stories in Care Giving for HIV and AIDS from South Asia
March 4, 2009 at 10am in the 
Grumman Room, Church Center 
777 1st Ave, New York, NY

The session will showcase innovative programs at the recognized 
HIV/AIDS treatment facility, Bel-Air Hospital in Panchgani, India. 
Bel-Air Hospital was started in 1912 by Rustomji Billimoria to treat 
TB patients. The hills of Panchgani provided the ideal location for 
a health resort, where fresh air and beautiful views are readily 
available. Now a project of the Indian Red Cross Society and managed
by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic 
congregation, Bel-Air has become a full fledged hospital and 
community care giving facility. Since 1994 when the first patients 
living with HIV were admitted, they have been successful in 
overcoming the associated stigma and discrimination. Their mission 
is to provide affordable, nondiscriminatory care to people living 
with HIV. Bel-Air’s ability to involve the community and the family 
members in the care of their patients is key to this success. The 
session will discuss how Bel-Air has been able to accomplish this. 
In addition, this institution is home to a college of nursing which 
is one of the first of its kind to focus on HIV & AIDS care in 
nursing education. Links to further information on Bel-Air is 
available at fezana.pbwiki. com.

About FEZANA 

Founded in 1987, FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 26 
Zoroastrian associations throughout the United States and Canada. 
FEZANA promotes the study, understanding and practice of the 
Zoroastrian faith. For more information visit: www.fezana.org

About The United Nations
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems 
that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 
30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. For 
more information visit: www.un.org.

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