We will list current and upcoming events in this space.
- The Fellowship Network and Rev. Okoth Otura
Participation in International AIDS Conference in Toronto, August
18th - 21st 2006.
'The Fellowship', since October 1 2005, has been working closely
with various Community Health Service providers and research institutions in
Toronto, in coordinating outreaches among the East African
community, continental Africans, news immigrants and entire
community around the Greater Toronto Area.
As faith based organization (FBO) we have joined many actors in the
global fight against this devastating pandemic at a time when we
know that the church has not always responded appropriately to the
challenge posed by HIV/AIDS.
And therefore, "The Fellowship" regrets instances where
Faith Based Organizations have contributed to stigma, fear,
discrimination and misinformation.
Rev Okoth Otura the President, has offered his skill by volunteering
with among others the Black Coalition For Aids Prevention as faith
based outreach coordinator.
In the process 'The Fellowship" has been a referral agency to
the key health players here in Toronto, to the Health Service
providers such as Aids Committee of Toronto, People with Aids
Foundation and the African Community Health Services.
And also to those in denial, the new immigrants and refugees in dire
need of spiritual counsel and prayers have got solace in The
Fellowship's volunteer services.
Deborah Cooper, Winston Husband (ACCHO) and Rev
Okoth Otura, at Int. Aids Conference Toronto August 2006
'The Fellowship" has assisted in referrals for various
research activities with the University of Toronto, Faculty of
Medicine on the East African Community since September 2005.
'The Fellowship' has got recognition from the dynamic HIV researcher
Winston Husband the co-chairman of Africa & Caribbean Council,
on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), and many other in the Aids Committee
Dr Mona Loutfy, of Maple Leaf Medical Clinic and Canadian
Immunodeficiency Research Collaborative (CIRC) the most celebrated
doctor and researchers among the Continental Africans in Toronto, is
one the inspirations of the success of EACTMF with keen interest in
the health issues affecting Africans here in Canada and Africa.
International Aids Conference in Toronto August 18-21 2006 Rev
Okoth Otura Participation:
Rev Otura was granted Canadian Sponsorship through the Black-CAP as
Faith Based Outreach Coordinator. The opportunity was well utilized
and changed the vision for the EACTMF's approach in fighting
HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB both here in Canada and Kenya, and in
Luoland (Nyanza province, Kenya).
The moving speeches from Stephen Lewis, Bill Clinton, Bill &
Melinda Gates, Her Royal Highness Crown Princes Mette-Marit of
Norway and many other speakers from all the world, plus the
interaction with various active organizations in the field of
Community and Health Development in the world made critical change
in tactics approach towards road map to 'Time to Deliver' theme for
the Faith Based Organization.
'The Fellowship" established a network of relations with the
key players and some follow up since that have bore fruits and are
African Traditional HIV/AIDS healers display
their medicine at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto
Christina, Rev Okoth & Lotta, the nurses
from Sweden at Int. Aids Conference 2006 Toronto, Canada.
The Fellowship will forge ahead to minister to the hurting with
great compassion through spiritual nourishment and physical support.
As Faith Based Organization (FBO) our main objective is to mission
to the world with the Gospel. The battle on HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB
and the reduction poverty in the world is huge and complicated.
"The experts have repeatedly confirmed that there is no
defiance of money, wealth and food in this World but in actual sense
there are enough resources to provide the whole world with
necessities, the main and major problem is the lack of fair
distributions of wealth."
In the conference, Rev Otura concurred with many speakers and
experts who condemned the G8 nations for not keeping their promises
to by creating unreasonable restrictions for the third world so that
they are kept in dependence with no hope to free themselves from
Diseases, Poverty and Ignorance.
The Fellowship leadership, had to adopt new tactics in approach to
this huge and unbearable world problem by narrowing its focus to
Continental African Communities in Canada.
While, Fellowship recognizes that in impoverished nations in Africa
and else where HIV/AIDS, and Malaria deaths are the leading cause of
deaths because of poorly maintained Health Care system and education
standards that has vehemently drooped for the recent years.
Recommendations from research findings have cultural side effect in
the community, for example male circumcision as way of HIV/AIDS
prevention, has met a resistance from across the communities leaders
and is often considered a taboo.
A reputable researcher and medical journalist Dr. David Gisselquist
from USA, has established that the poor Health Care Services through
un-sterile medical injections, surgeon instruments and contaminated
multi-dose vials have had significant contributions to HIV
transmission in African communities, a fact which has been little
understood and consistently downplayed by governments of the world.
The Fellowship, therefore calling for partners to narrow our efforts
to this marginalized community as we heed to the Toronto AIDS
Conference declaration: "TIME TO DELIVER"
The Fellowship invites partners to deliver in accordance with the
HIV/AIDS, "this disease is not unto death" John
Yours Sincerely in Christ
Rev Okoth Otura,
The President / Senior Pastor