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University of Iowa News Release

April 11, 2005

Public Invited To Reception To Meet African Health Care Experts

The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is sponsoring a public reception to honor seven visitors from six different Africa countries who will visit Eastern Iowan to learn more about how HIV/AIDS education is handled in the United States. The reception will be Friday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. It is free and open to the public.

The visitors will be: Kealeboga Clifford Kale, vice president of the Society of Students Against HIV/AIDS (SAHA) from the University of Botswana Gaborone; Dr. Zenebe Melaku Yirsaw, assistant professor of Internal Medicine and head of the Clinical Immunology Addis Ababa U Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Shawo Gabriel Mwakilama, chairman of the Chancellor College Health Networ Zomba in Malawi; Dr. Mary Consolate Kabanyana, a physician in residence at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology, and Management in Kigali, Rwanda; Phillip Adam Neo Mabille, HIV/AIDS coordinator at North-West University, Mmabatho, South Africa; and Dr. Cisco Meshack Magagula, acting vice-chancellor of the University of Swaziland Kwaluseni in Swaziland. Alpha Barry, an English language officer, will accompany them.

During the reception, Jude Jensen of the Iowa City Community School District, will give a brief presentation regarding local policies on HIV and AIDS education.

"CIVIC welcomes one and all to this reception," says Kathie Belgum, a CIVIC member. "This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with individuals who are working to improve health in Africa."

Parking at the International Center is available on the lower level (entrance off of River Street) and on the upper level at the end of Ferson Street. For more information or special accommodations to attend this reception, call CIVIC Executive Director Tom Baldridge or CIVIC Office Manager Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

CIVIC serves as host to international visitors invited by the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). As a member of the National Council for International Visitors, CIVIC is one of 98 nationwide community organizations and one of two in Iowa that promote intercultural exchange between international leaders, the educational and business community. When a visit includes eastern Iowa, CIVIC arranges for professional consultations and field trips to industrial, scientific, educational and business facilities. Visitors are also invited to participate in the social and cultural life of local communities through home hospitality, sightseeing, cultural and recreational events.

CIVIC is affiliated with International Programs, which is organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP). IP is comprised of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and to promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Thomas Baldridge, 319-335-0351,