FEZANA at the United Nations
New York, February 28, 2009 â€” Representatives for the FEZANA-UN-NGO
team, Kamalrukh Katrak, Farah Minwalla, Deena Patel, and Trity
Pourbahrami, will present a workshop at the United Nationsâ€™
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-Airâ€™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.
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.
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