Monday, May 30, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
African Public Health
Malaria. Malnutrition. HIV/AIDS. The health issues facing Africa are myriad. And taken together, may seem insurmountable. But Dr. Teguest Guerma is hopeful. She has reason to be. She has a lot at stake. Born in Ethiopia, she has devoted her life to improving public health on her continent. She began her career as a infectious disease expert on the ground in Burundi in the mid-80s, when AIDS was just appearing - and she was one of few who could put a name to it.
Dr. Guerma has since established herself as a leading expert on HIV/AIDS. She spent 21 years at the World Health Organization, and finished her career there heading its Global HIV/AIDS Program. Last year, Dr. Guerma was named director general of the African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF - Africa's leading health development organization. Anna Maria sat down with her when she passed through Toronto on her first trip to Canada with AMREF. Anna Maria began by asking her what it's like to be a doctor working in countries where there's so many people who need her help.
Earlier in the show we heard a documentary today called, Taking the Oath - the oath to become a Canadian citizen. Well, Russell Peters' father has his own ideas about what it takes to become a Canadian. Russell, of course, is one of this country's best-known stand-up comedians. He will be Anna Maria's guest on Wednesday's show. But today, he - and his dad - get the Last Word.
Other segments from today's show: