Nov 29 World Affairs Council & Peace Corps panel “Stories from the Heart of a Pandemic”

For any readers in the Bay Area, the Peace Corps invites you to:

“Stories from the Heart of a Pandemic”
A panel in recognition of World AIDS Day

Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
World Affairs Council Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108 [map]

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a panel of former Peace Corps volunteers and a Peace Corps country director will share stories from the front lines of the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Worldwide, Peace Corps volunteers have reached nearly 900,000 people through their work on HIV/AIDS. Come learn how you, too, can make a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer. For more information, please contact PC recruiter Sean Kennedy, 510-637-1525 or

This panel is one of many Peace Corps events taking place nationwide in recognition of World AIDS Day. Peace Corps has become an important force in the fight against HIV/AIDS because its volunteers live and work in some of the most impacted communities in the world. Peace Corps carries out HIV-related projects in every one of its partner countries in Africa and nearly half of its partner countries in the rest of the world. Worldwide, 20 percent of Peace Corps volunteers are assigned to projects in health and HIV/AIDS. Peace Corps volunteers do not provide direct medical care; rather, they help communities build their own capacity for prevention, care, and treatment. For example, Peace Corps volunteers train youth as peer educators. They work with community leaders to develop education materials. And they provide support to children orphaned by the disease. Worldwide, Peace Corps Volunteers have reached nearly 900,000 people through their work on HIV/AIDS.

And health volunteers are not the only ones making a difference. HIV/AIDS activities are woven into all Peace Corps programs – including business, agriculture, education and the environment. In a sense, ALL Peace Corps volunteers are HIV/AIDS volunteers, because they live as members of communities. Wherever the pandemic affects a coworker, neighbor or friend, a Peace Corps volunteer is working to fight the spread and stigma of AIDS.

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