Burkina Faso

Danny Glover visits children with HIV in Burkina Faso

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© UNICEF Burkina Faso/2005

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 2 March 2005 - Renowned actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover is in Burkina Faso, serving as an official guest and jury member of the nineteenth Pan African Festival of Cinema and Television. The festival runs from 26 February to 5 March 2005 in Ouagadougou, where Glover visited the Notre Dame of Fatima hospitality centre of Saint Camille de Lellis, which cares for children with HIV.

Mr. Glover accepted the invitation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF to visit the children currently being treated at the centre.

“In spite of my very tight schedule, I am taking time for the children, especially those affected by the HIV/AIDS virus and who are fighting courageously with UNDP and UNICEF support,” said Mr. Glover.

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© UNICEF Burkina Faso/2005

The Notre Dame of Fatima hospitality centre has been in operation in Burkina Faso for over 30 years. The centre treats individuals including children, many of whom are suffering from HIV/AIDS. UNICEF and UNDP support the centre by organizing training for the medical staff, providing laboratory equipment and giving funds for buying anti-retroviral drugs for children and their infected mothers. Nearly 300 patients are being treated with these drugs.

Mr. Glover congratulated the staff for their tremendous work and concluded his visit with these words, “When I return to the United States and during all my other trips around the world I will carry out my responsibilities as Goodwill Ambassador by telling of the suffering I have seen.”


 

 

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