International Fund for Africa
Issue: LIII             
July, 2014
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
A Well-Fed World Helps Kick-Start IFA's School Health and Nutrition Program
Dr. Anteneh Roba Highlights the Dangers of Metabolic Syndrome
Dr. Anteneh Roba's Interview on Vegan World Radio
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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".


A Well-Fed World Helps Kick-Start IFA's
School Health and Nutrition Program

IFA is pleased to be one of nearly 150 organizations awarded a grant by A Well-Fed World (AWFW). The global organization donated $10,000 to IFA in support of our School Health and Nutrition Program, which just this year began providing healthy, plant-based meals to malnourished and poverty-stricken children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our program focuses on orphaned and undernourished young children who far too often arrive to school hungry and have no food to sustain them throughout the day. The meals we provide give children the means they need now to become healthy and strong, while our collaboration with the school administration and implementation of a school garden ensure that these students will find long-term sustenance.


AWFW's generous grant has allowed us to start and sustain this vital program through its initial stages. We need your help to continue supporting these children. Please visit to make a donation to the School Health and Nutrition Program.


Dr. Anteneh Roba Highlights the Dangers of Metabolic Syndrome

In the recently published ReThink Food: 100+ Doctors Can't Be Wrong by Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman, Anteneh Roba describes the "Correlation Between Metabolic Syndrome and Western Diets". He targets the increasing incidence of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels, across the world. This life-threatening condition, which places people at a greater risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, affects nearly 24% of the U.S. adult population, and about 30% of the worldwide population. Various factors appear to place individuals at greater risk of developing the disease, including age, ethnicity, obesity, and a history of diabetes or other diseases. The risk increases with age, seems to be higher among Hispanics and Asians, and also goes up when an individual's BMI reaches 25 or above. To prevent and combat this rising global threat to human health and well-being, Dr. Roba emphasizes the importance of exercise, abstinence from smoking, and a diet rich in fiber and vegetables, which is proven to lower insulin levels in the blood.


Dr. Anteneh Roba's Interview on Vegan World Radio

On June 10, Dr. Roba appeared on Vegan World Radio to discuss metabolic syndrome, the disease upon which his contribution to ReThink Food is centered. Dr. Roba explained that nearly 30% of the world's population now suffers from metabolic syndrome because of the increasing availability of a Western diet concentrated in animal products, sugar, and junk food containing simple carbohydrates. Over the past 20 years working in emergency medicine, he watched more and more overweight and obese children and adults enter the hospital with high blood pressure and other dangerous conditions. By comparison, during a medical mission trip to rural Ethiopia in which team of health care professionals led by Dr. Roba treated about 5,000 individuals who have very little access to animal products and primarily consume plant-based foods, the IFA team witnessed a very small number of diabetic or cardiovascular complications. Dr. Roba concluded the interview by explaining that IFA's efforts to promote a plant-based, vegan diet stem from a twofold desire to provide better lives for animals and humans alike.


To listen to the interview, please visit KPFT 90.1 FM.