White House AIDS Policy Director to Speak at the Peace Corps for World AIDS Day
November 24, 1999WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 1999—In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Sandra Thurman, the White House's Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, will speak at Peace Corps headquarters on Monday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
Thurman will be joined by returned Peace Corps volunteer Sam Avrett, who has worked as an advocate and educator for HIV prevention and preventive HIV vaccine research, and was the Executive Director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition. In response to the urgent need for AIDS awareness in the developing world, more than 500 Peace Corps volunteers are working directly in HIV/AIDS prevention and education projects in 25 countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. Hundreds of additional Peace Corps volunteers incorporate AIDS awareness messages into their secondary projects.
In addition to Thurman's speech, there are several additional activities planned next week in observance of World AIDS Day. All events will be held in Shriver Hall, on the first floor of Peace Corps headquarters, 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
MONDAY, November 29: 1 p.m. Remarks by Sandra Thurman, Director, Office of National AIDS Policy, and Sam Avrett, former Peace Corps volunteer and AIDS advocate and educator.
TUESDAY, November 30: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Presentations by former Peace Corps volunteer Ron MacInnis, Director of the Global AIDS Program of the Global Health Council, and Beatrice Were, Coordinator of the Network of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
WEDNESDAY, December 1: 9 a.m. Opening Ceremony of the Peace Corps Quilt Panel, in remembrance of Peace Corps friends and colleagues who have died of AIDS.
2 to 4 p.m. Roundtable discussion with former Peace Corps volunteers Kathy Callahan, Nancy Adam, Michael Johnson, Leigh Ann Evanson, and special interactive call from Peace Corps staffer Alicia Smalls, Peace Corps Volunteers, and counterparts working in Jamaica and Moldova in Youth HIV Prevention Programs.
More than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers serve in 78 countries around the world, providing assistance not only in AIDS education and prevention, but in protecting the environment, teaching children, promoting health and nutrition, and starting small businesses. Since 1961, more than 155,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps.