International Fund for Africa
Issue: XLIII       
September, 2013
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Help Needed To Establish Outpatient Therapeutic Programme in Zemero
1st International Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) Conference Held in Nairobi, Kenya
IFA President Interviewed by Vegan World Radio
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September 27-29, 2013

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the International Vegan Festival at Sthitaprajna Vegan Centre, Byndoor, Karnataka, India.




Help Needed To Establish Outpatient

Therapeutic Programme in Zemero

Each year, thousands of Ethiopian children die from conditions resulting either directly or indirectly from malnutrition. While humane organizations have tackled this terrible problem for years, a revolutionary new innovation promises to change this statistic forever. Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a peanut butter-based paste that contains the vitamins and minerals essential to our survival, has become available to Ethiopians suffering from malnutrition and can be found at Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes (OTPs) across the country. In order to provide the impoverished people of Zemero with the best medical care available to us, IFA is asking you to help the Zemero health center, a public health institute serving a rural population of 65,000, to establish its own OTP. The health center staff has compiled a list of items it needs to improve their services to the local population. The list, and a brief explanation of Ethiopia's fight against malnutrition, can be found on our website


1st International Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) Conference Held in Nairobi, Kenya

Due to monetary contributions provided by IFA and other animal protection organizations, the Pan-African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) was able to hold its 1st International conference from September 2nd to September 4th in Nairobi, Kenya. Based in Kenya, the PAAWA works with governments and communities across the continent to promote better animal care practices and shape animal welfare policy. This year's conference on "Mainstreaming Animal Welfare in Africa's Development" was jointly organized by PAAWA, the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), IFA, and the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).


IFA President Interviewed by Vegan World Radio

On Tuesday, September 24, Vegan World Radio featured IFA President Anteneh Roba in its segment on the oppression of animals. Often centered more exclusively on the plight of animals in America, the radio show broadened its focus for the night's episode to include veganism, vegetarianism, and the condition of animals around the world. In the interview, Dr. Roba speaks about IFA's involvement in improving the lives of animals in Africa, from rescuing dogs thrown into the infamous Gido Cave in Ethiopia to participating in conferences and delivering talks in Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya. He also discusses negative implications of the Western diet that has taken hold in many of the urban areas of the continent, where, McDonald's, and home-based companies that imitate Western fast-food chains serve food high in animal content.


During the one-hour radio show, Dr. Roba shared the spotlight with Rynn Berry, the historical adviser to the North American Vegetarian Society and author of several books on the benefits of veganism. Rynn Berry's work focuses largely on the connections between religious faiths and veganism or vegetarianism, and his experiences in Brazil provide an interesting contrast to Dr. Roba's knowledge of Ethiopia and other African countries.


Listen to the interview on World Vegan Radio.