Well, it's hard to believe that December is upon us, and that I've been here three months already. Africare--Sierra Leone recently welcomed Vicki Johnson to our office, who is joining us as our new Country Representative.

CCM Artist Sara Groves invites listeners of Christian Radio this Holiday season to "Share the Joy" of giving by supporting new mothers in developing nations to have safe deliveries and healthy, warm newborns. A gift of $10 will help provide newborn care kits for mothers so the chances of their newborns surviving the risky first month of life are improved. The kit contains items to improve hygiene at delivery and promote proper care of newborns, and will be paired with health worker counseling to support new moms on issues like exclusive breastfeeding. The kit’s contents vary by country and may contain items such as soap for hand washing, a new blade for cutting the umbilical cord and a clean string for tying the cord. Each kit will be coupled with a hand-made cap, knitted or crocheted by a caring person who took part in Save the Children's Knit One, Save One campaign, and will keep the baby warm during the first critical hours and days after birth.

Sara's radio spot reads as follows:

Hope through Healing Hands-A Better Beginning for Babies this Christmas

(To hear the spot, please click HERE.)



December 5, 2008 

Contact: Jenny Dyer

(615) 818-5579

Frist Launches New Website for Hope through Healing Hands

Nashville, Tenn. - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. has launched a new website for the nonprofit organization, Hope through Healing Hands: www.hopethroughhealinghands.org . Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 that promotes improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. The new website showcases their latest work in partnership, global health scholars, and funding.

Dr. Frist stated, "I'm proud to announce the launch of Hope through Healing Hands' new website. We hope that this website will be a ‘home base' for those interested in global and domestic health issues." 

Executive Director Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D. commented, "This new website uniquely offers simple ways everyone can make a difference in the lives of ‘the bottom billion' in the world. We hope it encourages people to move beyond awareness to action."

The new website allows for daily active engagement with updates on important issues like clean water, child survival, extreme poverty, and HIV/AIDS in the latest news. The new blog includes writings from various contributors, including Senator Frist, sponsored fellows, and others from their perspectives around the world.

Hope through Healing Hands has a strong list of "Take Action" steps to participate, beyond simply joining as a member. Interested individuals can choose from advocacy, education, volunteerism, community organizing, philanthropy, or involvement with other recommended nonprofit organizations.

Given Senator Frist's expertise and experience in health, at home and abroad, this website is a public face to his continued commitment to promote awareness about global disease and extreme poverty on behalf of the world's poorest.


Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 promoting improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. 


Rick Warren Pays Tribute to Bush's AIDS Feat

The Christian Post

Dec 02 2008

President Bush was the center of attention and outpouring of accolades Monday as Dr. Rick Warren awarded him the first ''International Medal of PEACE'' on the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day for his unprecedented contribution to the fight against the deadly disease.

World AIDS Day

Dec 01 2008

Today is a day to celebrate. Since the inception of PEPFAR, over 2 million people have been treated in Sub-Saharan Africa, and over ten million have received care. We are fighting the battle to stop the spread of AIDS across the globe.


Launch World AIDS Day

Dec 01 2008

Today, World AIDS Day, MSN is celebrating the launch of (RED)WIRE, (RED)'s new digital music magazine designed to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Some of the greatest artists on earth have contributed amazing songs to (RED)WIRE. Enjoy these world premieres throughout the day and sign up for (RED)WIRE for so much more.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marking World AIDS Day, President Bush said Monday that his presidential initiative on the deadly disease has already met its goal of treating 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

When the administration launched the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in 2003, the goal was to support 2 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment in five years.

"I'm pleased to announce that we have exceeded that goal early," Bush said standing with first lady Laura Bush on the North Lawn of the White House decorated with a giant red ribbon to mark the occasion. "The American people through PEPFAR are supporting lifesaving treatment for more than 2 million people around the world."


When the program began, only 50,000 people living with HIV in all of sub-Sahara Africa were receiving antiretroviral treatment, he said. In addition, the U.S. has supported care for more than 10 million people around the world who are affected by HIV, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.

"More than 237,000 babies have been born HIV free, thanks to the support of the American people for programs to prevent mothers from passing the virus on to their children," Bush said.

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