State's public health director leads delegation to
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[JULY 29, 2006]
-- Dr. Eric Whitaker, state public health director, is in the Republic of Liberia
on a trip to provide assistance implementing a program to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.
The Illinois program to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission is
one of the best models in the nation.
The trip is the second part of an assistance effort in West Africa.
Earlier this year, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich welcomed Liberian
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during her visit in Illinois and
presented her with a gift of 25,000 HIV tests for pregnant women in
her AIDS-ravaged country. The gift and this upcoming trip are part
of the governor's Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS
initiative, which aims to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in African
and African-American communities in Illinois and around the world.
Dr. Eric Whitaker,
director, Illinois Department of Public Health
Dr. Andre Rawls,
HIV/AIDS section chief, Illinois Department of Public Health
governor's office representative
HIV/AIDS counseling and testing supervisor, Illinois Department
of Public Health
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Rev. Cedric McCay,
Trinity United Church of Christ
Rev. Robert Klonowski,
Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Williamson, Cook County Bureau of Health
What: BASUAH program
-- During the nine-day trip, delegates will get a firsthand look at the
devastating impact the AIDS epidemic is having on the Republic of
Liberia. The delegation will conduct an assessment and work with the
Liberian government and other stakeholders to draft a plan regarding
the country's continued process for preventing mother-to-child
transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Where: Republic of Liberia, West Africa
When: July 27-Aug. 4
Department of Public Health news release]