International Fund for Africa
Issue: LII              
June, 2014
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
Chapter contribution by President and Co-Founder of IFA
Interview with Go Vegan Radio
Interview on June 10 for Responsible Eating and Living (REAL)
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September 11 - 14 International Animal Rights Conference, Luxembourg

IFA President and Co-Founder, Anteneh Roba M.D., will present two papers at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg. One paper titled "The Health Challenges of Being Vegan", the other "Injustice Anywhere Is Injustice Everywhere".


Chapter contribution by President and Co-Founder of IFA

IFA President and Co-Founder Anteneh Roba, M.D., has contributed a chapter to the upcoming book Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, edited by Dr. Will Tuttle and scheduled to be released in July. Dr Roba's chapter, "The Inescapable Net of Mutuality," contrasts injustices committed against humanity to those committed against animals to argue that injustice knows no boundaries. The chapter was inspired by Dr Roba's heart-wrenching trip to the Elmina Castle, located on the Gold Coast of Africa, where the slave trade flourished hundreds of years ago. Struck by the parallels between this terrible human history and the many "isms" (sexism, classism, speciesism, racism) that continue to plague our society today, Dr Roba argues that humanity must let go of its continued belief and adherence to a hierarchical worldview that places others, whether black or white, male or female, human or animal, on a different plane from ourselves.


Please visit Vegan Publishers for a sneak peak at the new book.


Interview with Go Vegan Radio

On June 1, Anteneh Roba MD was interviewed by Bob Linden during his Go Vegan Radio show. Linden centered the show on the new book Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can't Be Wrong by Amy-Lee Goodman and Shushana Castle, speaking with Goodman about her inspiration for the book and following up with two doctors, Robert Ostfeld, and Roba, about their chapter-length contributions. Ostfeld, a cardiologist, spoke of the success his patients have encountered when they adjust their diet to eat primarily plant-based foods.


Dr Roba similarly highlighted the striking correlation between switching to a vegan diet and reversing chronic health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. His chapter on metabolic syndrome highlights the constellation of conditions that include increased blood pressure, excess body fat, abnormal cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar, and now affects nearly 30% of the world's population. Dr Roba emphasized that nutrition is the cornerstone of any treatment for patients suffering from this disease and its complications. Working out, losing weight, and eliminating smoking and alcohol, while effective, are secondary to adjusting one's diet. Vegan diets centered on foods high in fiber, low in sugar, and low in saturated fat and animal remains have proven incredibly effective in combating metabolic syndrome and its effects.


To listen to Dr Roba's interview, please visit Go Vegan Radio.

Interview on June 10 for Responsible Eating and Living (REAL)

On June 10 IFA President and Co-Founder Dr Anteneh Roba appeared on Caryn Hartglass's radio show for REAL (Responsible Eating and Living). Dr Roba traced back the roots of his own decision to become vegan to his long-time companion, Nikita, a maltese dog who unexpectedly came into his life and taught him that non-human animals, as well as humans, deserve our love and care. This led him to found IFA, which promotes the well-being of humans and non-humans alike.


The interview focused on veganism and its benefits. After more than 20 years of experience in emergency medicine, Dr Roba has become increasingly disturbed by the "revolving door" of people who consistently arrive back at the hospital for the same chronic problems. Often prescribed medications to treat their conditions, these patients (and often their doctors, as well), remain ignorant of the benefits that a plant-based diet would provide them with. In Ethiopia, where Dr Roba was born and where IFA now concentrates most of its efforts, the incidence of chronic diseases related to nutrition has vastly increased, and those living in urban areas and consuming meat are suffering from similar conditions and complications (heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and stroke) as those in the U.S.


At the end of the interview, Dr Roba focused on what IFA has done, and what the organization is hoping to do to combat these problems.


To listen to the 30-minute interview, please visit Responsible Eating and Living.