MEDIA ADVISORY: Presentation Planned at Peace Corps for World AIDS Day

November 28, 2008

D.C. Department of Health's Dr. Shannon Hader, Returned Volunteer Mary Ann Camp are featured

On Monday, December 1, 2008, Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody K. Olsen will celebrate the efforts of staff and Volunteers around the world as well those in the U.S. who are responding to HIV/AIDS by welcoming welcome Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of the D.C. Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration. Dr. Hader will discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C., and how we can as Americans can be part of the response to HIV/AIDS here at home.

Prior to her appointment by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dr. Hader worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was detailed to the Department of State in the District of Columbia as the Senior Scientific Advisor for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). There she focused on starting up the Public Health Evaluation Initiative for the $15 billion worldwide program which informed evidence-based, cost-effective HIV/AIDS programming around the globe.

Also featured will be Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mary Ann Camp, who will be given recognition for her extraordinary commitment to HIV/AIDS while serving over an eight year period as a Volunteer in Botswana, Malawi and Lesotho.

WHO: World AIDS Day Presentation at the Peace Corps

WHERE: Peace Corps Headquarters
1111 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20526

WHEN: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 2 p.m.

CONTACTS: Peace Corps Press Office, 202-692-2230
[email protected]

As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world. Historically, over 195,000 Volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. Applications to serve in the Peace Corps have increased 16 percent this past year, the largest boost in the last five years. Currently, 7,876 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in 76 countries. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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