CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 1, 1999
UI, Iowa City to share HIV/AIDS expertise with visitors
IOWA CITY, Iowa Five health care workers from the
south central African country of Botswana are visiting the University of Iowa
and Iowa City June 2-5 to learn what different health care workers, physicians
and social workers are doing in HIV and AIDS research, education, outreach,
prevention and intervention programs.
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities
(CIVIC) is hosting the Iowa City portion of the groups trip to the United
States. AIDS cases have increased dramatically in Botswana over the last decade.
According to a United Nations health report, 25 percent of the population
in Botswana has the HIV virus--creating a major challenge for health care
workers in this developing nation.
Members of the group include: Samson Setumo, information,
education and counseling coordinator with HIV/AIDS Programs "Youth Matters
Botswana," a non-governmental organization (NGO) dealing with youth matters;
Koketso Rantona, project coordinator for the Women and AIDS Project, Botswana
Council of Women (CB), a local NGO; Lubumbo Mazhani, a nurse/HIV/AIDS counselor
with Botswana Red Cross Society; Arthur Matshameko, peer education training
counselor dealing with youth reproductive health, AIDS/STDs and alcohol and
drugs education; and Oteng M. Kebitseope, home-based care nurse, Holy Cross
hospice, in Gaborone, Botswana.
Dr. Ian Smith, CIVIC board member and UI professor emeritus
of infectious diseases, has arranged for the group to meet with some of the
Jeanne Bock, of the Health Services Research Center, UI
Hospitals and Clinics, to discuss the six-state AIDS consortium called the
Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC); Kris Davis with the Department
of Nursing and Chris Waters with the Department of Social Services, to attend
a conference on the Viral Disease Clinic, a clinic for HIV and AIDS patients;
Dr. Michael Loeffelholz at the University Hygienic Laboratory, to discuss
diagnostic methods of HIV infection and their field use, especially under
low budget limitations; Dr. L. Vaughan Kirchhoff, International Medicine,
who is one of 20 physicians at UIHC who cares for AIDS patients; and Laura
Hill, director of ICARE, a United Way supported agency which supplies resources
and education for AIDS patients, companions and families. The group will also
meet with other health care workers, and HIV positive patients.
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving
and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding
on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations
in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agencys International
Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional exchange program administered
by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Information
Interviews with the visitors can be arranged, and
they all speak fluent or proficient English. For more information or a complete
itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director, at (319) 335-0351
or Ian Smith at (319) 356-2727.