International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXIX  July, 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA and World Vision
Collaboration Meeting with Volunteer Service Overseas
IFA President Featured on Dr. Don Show
IFA President To Speak at AR 2012
Miracle Update from Melanie Blake
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Upcoming Events

August 2-5, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference in Washington, DC. IFA will also have an exhibit at the conference.


September 13-16, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg.


November 16-18, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak in a session, called "Learnings from the International Fund for Africa" at the India for Animals 2012 Conference and Expo in Panjim, Goa, India. 


Fall-Winter, 2012

International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.



IFA and World Vision

IFA and World Vision are in the midst of finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A Christian humanitarian organization committed to helping children overcome poverty and injustice, World Vision will assist IFA in capacity building. Their agreement will foster the efforts of IFA and World Vision in Africa, helping our organizations to accomplish our mutual goals more effectively.


Collaboration Meeting with Volunteer Service Overseas

On July 19, 2012, representatives from IFA and Yekatit 12 Hospital (Y12) met with Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) to coordinate a training program for the nursing staff of Y12. The hospital had recognized the need to provide its nurses with the knowledge and experience to utilize medical equipment donated by IFA. In response, VSO has agreed to provide 3 volunteers to train the 27-person nursing staff at the NICU of Yekatit 12 in a one-week program that will focus on the management, care, and regular checkups of this medical equipment.


IFA also discussed the possibility of working with VSO in the future, collaborating on future projects in Zemero, North Shoa, Amhara, and working with them to train additional medical staff in these areas on the proper use of laboratory equipment.


IFA President Featured on Dr. Don Show

IFA president, Anteneh Roba, highlighted the founding, philosophy, achievements, and future goals of International Fund for Africa on the July 19, 2012 episode of the Dr. Don Show. Tracing the history of IFA, Roba explained the series of personal experiences during his 2000 trip to Ethiopia that initially inspired him to cofound the organization. After witnessing the direct effects that lack of equipment and outdated equipment has had on the medical care of babies, the inaccessibility of care to rural inhabitants, and the misuse of animals during that brief return to his native country, Roba founded International Fund for Africa.


Today, IFA continues its mission to address the health care problems afflicting Africa by first overcoming ingrained poverty and the lack of infrastructure across the continent. Several mission trips to Ethiopia have given IFA team members the knowledge and experience to understand these more deeply rooted problems, and to devise the Green Community Health and Development Center as a solution. This self-sustainable center addresses multiple vital issues, including poverty, water and food scarcity, and lack of training in farming and animal care. The center provides a model through which IFA seeks to eliminate the causes of malnutrition and disease in developing countries.


IFA President To Speak at AR 2012

At the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference held August 2-5 in Washington, D.C., IFA president, Anteneh Roba, will speak on the issue "Engaging Abroad." In a panel centered on the necessity of "advocating respect for animals, animal rights, and veganism abroad," Roba will co-present material with representatives from Kairos Coalition, Pachyderm Power!, In Defense of Animals, and the Farm Animal Rights Movement.


This topic neatly fits into the conference theme for 2012, "Shaping the future of animal activism." Since 1981, the Animal Rights National Conference has annually met to address the exploitation and unnecessary abuse and killing of animals in laboratories, zoos, factory farms, and slaughterhouses.


Miracle Update from Melanie Blake



We are delighted to share the news that "Miri" is living up to her original name, "Miracle." After rescuing the four-month-old kitten hit by a car in October of 2011, IFA president, Anteneh Roba, arranged for her medical care. Though suffering from a broken pelvis, Miri's injuries from the car accident were the least of the challenges this poor little kitten had to face.


For many months little Miri struggled to survive through numerous difficulties. She had to learn not only how to walk after her surgery and to cope with chronic health issues, but also to trust humans again. Due to her FIV-positive diagnosis, which suppressed her immune system, Miri was constantly plagued by very high fevers up to 106° that took away her appetite and placed her in intensive care for days at different veterinary hospitals. The vets were perplexed by her condition, trying different types of antibiotics, injections and various treatments and even going so far as to schedule her (can't even say the word). Although one vet encouraged me not to give up, they were beginning to lose hope, hinting that the time had come to humanely end her life. Little Miri, though, had the will to fight. Dr. Roba and I would not give up on her as long as she kept fighting to get well.


Besides being poked and prodded with injections four times a day, Miri also had antibiotics poured down her throat. She had developed skin issues that caused her to scratch and bleed constantly. Treatment for mites meant she had to take even more visits to the vet, and suffer through nasty, smelly medication baths once a week. What a trooper this little girl is!


By the time my girls took Miri to her new place at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in February of 2012, this little kitten and I were more bonded than any other companion animal we have ever had. I'm happy to report she is now out of isolation at Best Friends Sanctuary and living at the kitty headquarters there. She is also off all medication, and her hair has grown back. After discovering that she has a food allergy, the vets placed her on a diet and her skin is now glossy, shiny and beautiful. Instead of daily telephone check-ups we now do weekly ones. Miri is a healthy, beautiful, sweet girl that spends her days lazily sunning herself. She enjoys the company of visitors and brings as much joy and love to others as she receives. She loves to be held and is very vocal, talking all day long to whomever is willing to listen.


I was delighted to hear from a recent visitor to Best Friends, who took Miri home for the night and wanted to share some updated photos of this precious little girl with me. Love truly pulled Miri through her ordeal, and she could not have done this without the help of Dr. Roba and IFA. We love you so much, Miri, and you have taught us, once again, never to give up. Love conquers all.