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Coptic Hospital Nairobi Opens New Infectious Disease Centre

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  • Fr. John-Brian
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      2 February 2005


      Coptic Hospital Opens New Infectious Disease Centre

      This is more than a place where people can receive Anti-Retroviral Drugs,
      Treatment, and Counseling, but it is a place of love and hope for the
      hopeless, proclaimed His Grace Bishop Paul of the Coptic Orthodox Church at
      the opening ceremony of the Hope Centre of Infectious Diseases at the
      Coptic Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

      The Opening Ceremony, held on 1 February, celebrated the creation of the
      centre, which will provide patients with volunteer HIV/AIDS testing,
      clinical assessments, a variety of counseling services, and support group
      services. All services are free of charge. In addition to direct care
      provided to patients, the centre also acts as a regional training centre
      for health professionals dealing with HIV/AIDS.

      The Hope Centre is a joint effort of the Coptic Orthodox Church and The
      University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, and also receives
      support from the United States Government and the University of Nairobi.

      In addition to His Grace Bishop Paul, speakers included Prof. King Holmes
      of the University of Washington, a prominent medical researcher whose work
      focuses primarily on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and the
      American ambassador to Kenya, William M. Bellamy.

      In his remarks, Holmes emphasized that the standard of care would be on the
      level with that which is offered in the United States, while appropriately
      adapting the clinics delivery of services to a Kenyan context

      We can be culturally sensitive, Holmes remarked, without compromising the
      quality of care.

      Bellamy emphasized that the name of the centre hope is a core element in
      the fight against HIV/AIDS, but also emphasized that without the commitment
      of financial resources from the international community and responsible use
      of those resources by the Kenyan government, hope is not enough.

      Citing the fact that the Kenyan government has only used a small fraction
      of grant money it has received to fight HIV/AIDS, Bellamy maintained that
      hope delayed is too often hope denied when you re living with HIV/AIDS.

      The ceremony climaxed with a symbolic lighting of a torch of hope by the

      His Grace Bishop Paul is a former Vice President of the All Africa
      Conference of Churches.

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