Coptic Hospital Nairobi Opens New Infectious Disease Centre
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2 February 2005
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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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