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University of Iowa News Release

April 11, 2006

UICHR, Iowa UN Sponsor Forum April 20 On Responses To AIDS

A film screening and discussion forum tackling the issue of AIDS and the response to it around the world will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in room W401 Pappajohn Business Building.

The screening will consist of clips from the current PBS series, "Rx for Survival." There will also be a student speaker, Andy McDowell, to talk about his experience in India during an internship with a non-governmental organization (NGO).

During his internship, McDowell worked with rural communities to improve the standard of life and to promote cereal grains that helped to serve as a better source of iron and protein in the diet of the population. He also worked with farmers to improve diet as well as farming practices and spent time talking to people about medical decision-making.

The film clips will focus on the AIDS crisis in Thailand and Botswana and the ways locals from each of those countries is trying to control the AIDS epidemic in their areas.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any UICHR event, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900.

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

The Iowa United Nations Association is a nonprofit educational organization promoting America's constructive involvement with the UN and with the global community.

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: Amy Weismann or Liz Crooks, 319-335-3900; Writer: Ashley Cook