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Rahel
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Sun Jul 18, 2004 12:21 pm   
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Society Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia
General election meeting
July 31st, 1:00 PM

Please spread the word

Bring friends and family members who are willing and able to join

Society Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (SAHA)
232 East 113th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 410-7429
Fax: (212) 410-5869

Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:12 am   
Hello,

Do you have a website?

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Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:39 am   
Yes they do Mseifu, and they are doing a wonderful job, I think we need to support them and encourage them to keep on doing what they are trying to accomplish.

www.ethionyc.org

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Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:40 am   
currently their website is down (used to be http://www.sahaethiopia.org/). But below is some infomation about SAHA and its acheievement I recieved through e-mail ...
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SAHA 2000 -2004

The Facts

In Ethiopia, a UNAIDS Report estimates 2.1 million AIDS cases, 160,000 deaths, 990,000 orphans, 6.4 adult prevalence, 17.6 percent urban pregnant women prevalence and only a 39% awareness that a healthy looking person can be affected.

In the year 2000 a group of concerned professionals, doctors and members of the Ethiopian community in greater New York area, under the name Task Force Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia spearheaded a collective response to the epidemic. The Task Force secured formal non-profit status and changed its name to the Society Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (SAHA).

Thanks to the diligence and hard work of its members, we are happy to report that is has been a productive four years. Here are a few highlights.

SAHA’s Achievements

To date, SAHA has held three successful formal fundraisers in New York City raising well over $30,000. ($15,000 in August, 2000; $12,500 in October, 2001; $7,000 in October, 2003)

Money has been used to support the following agencies:
1 Mekdim a non-governmental, non-profit organization of HIV infected individuals who provide health education, nursing care to the terminally ill, and social and material support to affected families and orphans.
2 WEMSCO – Welfare for the Street Mothers and Children Organization (WESMCO)
3 HAPSCO – Hiwot HIV/ AIDS prevention Care and Support. We are happy to report that SAHA was instrumental in securing a three-year $150,000 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant for HAPSCO in 2002.
4 Egna Le Egna AIDS victims support club which is a self-organized youth group based in Shashemene.

SAHA is blessed to have dynamic board members who do extraordinary work on their own and through the organization, determined to make roadways into this vast crises.

Dr. Getachew Feleke, founding member and Chief of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Nassau University Medical Center participated in the first international HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa. Every year since he and his colleagues at the medical center have held fund-raising raffles. These proceeds, added to a portion of the proceeds collected through a number of SAHA fundraisers have been given to Mekdim. Dr. Getachew visits Mekdim and provides technical and educational assistance to the organization whenever he is in Addis.

Ms. Mulubrhan Zewde, a family nurse practitioner and a SAHA member, has spent over eighteen months working with local non-profit organizations such as Hiwot HIV/AIDS Prevention Care and Support Organization (HAPSCO). During this time she helped organize HIV/AIDS workshops and seminars to high school students, factory workers, teachers, and women’s associations. She assisted in peer educators training and establishing anti HIV/AIDS clubs in urban and rural high schools. In addition, she provided much needed HIV/AIDS education and condoms to commercial sex workers (CSWs). Muluberhan also created a revolving credit program. In this program CSWs receive a small loan to start their own businesses. As they pay back the money will be loaned out to others in similar situations. In essence, helping the women and girls help themselves.

Through the diligent work and leadership of Dr. Asqual Getaneh, a clinician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the Vice President of SAHA, the first annual workshop on AIDS medicines was conducted in Ethiopia between November 5 and 17, 2002. SAHA co-sponsored the workshop along with the Institute of Global Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), SHARE program of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) in Ethiopia.

A team of local and international experts held general and targeted sessions for over 250 clinicians in Addis Ababa, Gondar and Bahir Dar. The participants included health professionals from the academic faculty, ministry of defense, non-governmental and private institutions, and other interested groups. Given the success of the first workshop an equally successful second workshop was held in November 2003.

Dr. Asqual has also devised extremely creative fundraising initiatives. At the beginning of June, 2004, Dr. Asqual “subjected” some daring members of the community to what proved to be an extraordinary self-defense class organized in collaboration with the New York Guardian Angels.

She is also instrumental in securing 100% of the proceeds of the first month’s screening of the play “Wild Mushrooms” -- a light hearted family comedy currently running at the Arclight Theater in Manhattan – for SAHA. Furthermore, the producer has also pledged 25% of the proceeds beyond the first month to SAHA.

SAHA is always looking to build partnerships with agencies and organizations that do similar work within the community. In 2002 Seven organizations that work on HIV/AIDS-related issues in Ethiopia formed a coalition under the name of “United for Life 2002” to create awareness and to educate the Ethiopian community during the 19th annual soccer tournament in Washington, DC. These organizations were: Fifty Lemons, Partners Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (PAHA), Society Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (SAHA), Group Against Poverty and AIDS, EthioAids, People to People, and Ethiopian Students Association International. SAHA contributed 500 USD to finance the effort. In addition, Ms. Mulubrhan Zewde, a nurse practitioner and one of SAHA’s founding members, provided technical expertise and support at the event.

SAHA collaborated with a number of New York City-based Ethiopian civic and religious organizations to hold a fundraiser in response to the looming famine in Ethiopia. Close to 500 people attended this successful event held on March 2, 2003 where over $33,000 was raised.

The organization has grown through the years, successfully raising funds to build and expand on the successes of its partner non-profit agencies in Ethiopia providing invaluable technical assistance and contributing in raising overall awareness. SAHA has secured office space in East Harlem through the generous assistance of ECMAA – Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association.

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SAHA and you

A lot has been done and a lot remains to be done. This report highlights the visible contributions of some of our members. It does not acknowledge the hard work of the other members who remain behind the scenes and keep SAHA ticking. These include our current Executive Director Mr. Negash Abdurahman, our former Executive Director Dr. Fasil Tefera, Dr. Ahmed Abdurahman, Mr. Mekete Asfaw, Ms. Elizabeth Demissie, Ms. Mahlet Tsegaye, Mr. Girma Moges, Dr. Fasika Mesfin Tedla, Ms. Elizabeth Woldegiorgis, Dr. Adey Tsegaye, Ms. Welansa Asrat, Mr. Sahlu Merine, Ms. Ruth Abraham and Ms. Adey Tsega Rekebki to name a few.

We have come to a point in this organization’s existence where we need “new blood”. The few individuals who have been orchestrating and executing the various initiatives taken on by SAHA need some respite. We need new energy, new ideas, new visionaries.

Now it is your turn to make a difference.

SAHA is calling a general election meeting on July 31, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.. We are hoping to elect candidates for a number of positions on the Executive Board.

Please spread the word

Bring friends and family members who are willing and able to join

Society Against HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia (SAHA)
232 East 113th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 410-7429
Fax: (212) 410-5869


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Mon Jul 19, 2004 6:04 pm   
Thank you for the information about SAHA.

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Sat Jul 24, 2004 6:18 pm   
ohh.... i was gonna come but it's just a bad timing...
iz there gonna be another one?


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