Training AIDS workers in Africa

In 1995 Karen Ivantic-Doucette travelled to Africa with her husband and three sons as part of the Ignatian Associates Program, a lay formation and apostolic group affiliated with the Jesuit Wisconsin Province, USA. She ran a clinic in the village of Fort Portal, Uganda, for two years. Professor Ivantic-Doucette is now collaborating with the College of Nursing of Jesuit Marquette University (Milwaukee) to develop a training program in multidisciplinary care for 6500 victims of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The program, funded by USAID, aims to train 325 Kenyan and Ugandan nurses and community health care workers. In Spring, 2003, the first 20 candidates will arrive for a six-week training at Marquette. The remaining three years of training will include distance learning as well as the development and training of additional cohorts. Three faculty members, including Ivantic-Doucette, will visit Kenya every three months. Mike Evans SJ (Detroit), who works in Eastern Africa Province, will serve as a regional support person and Harold Bradley SJ (Missouri) has been a valuable support to help secure funding for the program. After four years, the operation will be fully assumed by the host countries. Ivantic-Doucette has been involved in direct care of those affected by HIV/AIDS since 1986 at various health clinics for the marginalized. Her current work at Marquette involves teaching, direct health care to HIV/AIDS victims, and facilitating a women?s support group. [HL20908]