In June 2002, Stephen Lewis (UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa) spoke at a conference of the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers hosted by Western's Housing Department. Mr. Lewis struck a cord with the group as he explained how he has had to grovel on his hands and knees to get any attention for the 2.3 million people dying in Africa every year.
Moved by the plight faced by millions in Africa, a group of Housing staff formed the Western Heads East Steering Committee to develop a sustainable community development project that goes beyond financial contributions and help with the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa - A Western University community response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa on site.
Research indicates that probiotics may reduce the transmission of HIV infection in women and lower mortality and morbidity due to diarrhea in children and patients with AIDS. The healthy bacteria found in yoghurt and other fermented foods are known to kill pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
We send our support to Africa to assist with the crisis at the grass root level. The interns from UWO go to Africa to work with women's groups who have learned to produce the probiotic yoghurt. The interns then return to Western to educate the community about the conditions in Africa and to assist with our fundraising campaign.
We are extremely pleased to present you the Western Heads East program, Western's community response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.