LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- One of the "Lost Boys" of the Sudanese war and author of the book "God Grew Tired of Us," John B. Dau, will deliver the keynote speech Friday at "Understanding Human Partnership: An Evening of Global Health Awareness and Connection” in Larchmont.
Kids for World Health, a grass-roots not-for-profit organization founded in Larchmont in 2001 by students and their advisers, is sponsoring the event.
Funds raised at this event will be used to fund the construction of a KFWH Maternity and Pediatric Clinic at the John Dau Hospital in Duk Payuel, South Sudan.
With student and community fundraising, the hospital and clinic can reach a servicing potential of 66,000 villagers, according to a news release.
Kids for World Health brings awareness to students and their communities of four targeted neglected diseases and raises funds for treatment, diagnosis, research and professional training that support villagers in Africa, Central and South America, and the United States.
Five KFWH clinics in Chad, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda for the treatment of sleeping sickness and malaria have been constructed to date. The organization supports prevention and treatment of Chagas disease in Bolivia and Guatemala, said the release.
Efforts last year include aiding the prevention of Chagas through the funding of the renovation of homes in an entire village of Jutiapa, Guatemala, and for providing nutrition packs to women of childbearing age who, undertreated for Chagas, are at risk for starvation.
In total, KFWH is treating potentially 1.4 million villagers across the globe, according to the release.
The evening with John B. Dau as featured speaker will include a panel of experts who will make their points with direct experiential stories from the field.
- KFWH work in Guatemala with Dr. Patricia Dorn on Chagas disease.
- Raquel Lima, field worker.
- KFWH students will speak about their collaborative experience in Bolivia and Guatemala.
The event beginning at 6 p.m. will take place in the auditorium at Hommocks Middle School, Boston Post Road, Larchmont.