International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXX  August, 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Official Memorandum of Understanding Signed with WVU
AR 2012: Engaging Abroad
True Heart Healthy Eating
Sweet Scarlett
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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. 


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



Official Memorandum of Understanding Signed with WVE 

IFA has officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) to collaborate in the following areas: Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects, education, food security, and income generating training service. World Vision, which has been assisting Ethiopians in Addis Ababa since 1975, operates a total of 67 area development programs (ADPs). The two organizations have agreed to share their experiences, data, and publications with one another, in an effort to more efficiently achieve their common goals in bringing clean water, food, and education to Africans.


AR 2012: Engaging Abroad


On August 4, 2012, IFA president gave a talk at AR2012, held in Alexandria, VA about the challenges of engaging different areas of the globe in animal rights advocacy and veganism. His panel "Engaging Abroad" addressed the very different understandings of animals in different areas of the globe, focusing especially on Africa, where religious traditions, speciesism and poverty all influence the treatment of animals.


Veganism is hindered by the poverty facing many Africans, who are unable to afford a plant-based diet, or are lacking the right information and tools to begin transitioning to this different lifestyle. Alongside these factors, the growth of the fast good industry and of factory farming in Africa have also tied people closer to processed food and animal products.


Roba argued that increased information and organization in Africa remains the most important step to reversing these trends. First, by spreading the various arguments for veganism (it is more healthy for humans, better for the environment, and more ethical toward animals) across Africa, more people can become aware of the potential in switching to a plant-based diet. Secondly, starting up vegan organizations in Africa would serve to spread this information through a variety of ways: Conferences/workshops, media relations, and the dissemination of material on veganism. Knowledge must come first, so that Africans can decide for themselves whether to embrace a vegetarian/vegan diet.




True Heart Healthy Eating  

The solution to becoming or remaining healthy can be found in a simple source: Nutrition. Though the United States spends billions on health care costs, many illnesses actually result from biochemical and physiological imbalances caused by our intake of unnatural and processed foods. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a set of statistics in 2005 indicating an astounding rise in obesity. Finding that 20 million children worldwide under the age of 5 were overweight, the WHO had to recalibrate its BMI (body mass index) charts for children. Physical inactivity has exacerbated the effects of poor nutrition, producing unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles and even fatal illnesses.


These statistics have forced the medical profession and the population at large to recognize the very real effects of unnatural foods and lack of exercise. In America, coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of death, with 1.26 million people suffering a heart attack each year. According to the CDC, heart problems often stem from a set of modifiable behaviors, including poor eating habits. While nearly all Americans believe following a diet based on good nutrition is vital to achieving and maintaining good health, few actually reach for the right standards. Studies have shown that the daily intake of fresh fruit and vegetables significantly reduces the likelihood of an individual developing a variety of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, osteoporosis, and type-2 diabetes. In two studies tracking 130,000 adults over the course of 23 years, scientists found that participants who ate low-carb, animal-based protein diets had a higher mortality rate than those who chose a vegetable-based low-carb diet. Most incredibly, a natural, plant-based diet can even help to reverse serious illnesses.


Of course, developing a plant-based diet is not as simple as substituting your barbecued ribs for broccoli at the next cook-out. But by incorporating fruits and vegetables slowly into your meals, you can transition to a more natural diet that significantly alters your lifestyle-and your life-for the better.


When it comes to heart healthy eating, fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. A natural plant based diet can not only prevent heart disease and other chronic illnesses, but help to reverse it, even in its most advanced forms.


Baxter D. Montgomery, MD,
FACC Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine,
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Director of Houston Cardiac Association and
Montgomery Heart and Wellness Center.


Sweet Scarlett


Our mission at IFA is to rescue animals in Africa who need our assistance. That goal, however, must never prevent us from helping suffering animals in the U.S., or wherever we may find them.


Sweet angel, "Scarlett," name given to her by Melanie Blake a board member of IFA, was found walking down a busy street in Clear Lake, Texas. She was scared, alone and wondering why she was dumped there to fend for herself. Melanie pulled up and caught her, enticing her with some scrumptious granola clusters. Scarlett jumped right in her car, and off they went towards a brand new beginning. Scarlett has been fully vetted and microchipped and with lots of work, her tail is now un-tucked. She is a happy, carefree, lovable girl. We think that she is a boxer/hound mix, approximately 4 years old. She is red in color and enjoys the company of kids, dogs, cats, and of course, humans. She has learned to trust and love all over again, despite being abandoned to survive on her own. Scarlett is now at the Austin Humane Society (No Kill), waiting to find her forever home.