ISSN 1710-6931 December 15, 2006 Issue 88

RESPECT University Introduces Medical Course

RESPECT University has started its first Medical English course. The course is conducted by Susan Sures, a teacher at the Adult Learning Centre in Winnipeg, Canada, who has being teaching both children and adults in a variety of subjects for the last 30 years. Marc Schaeffer, founder of RESPECT encouraged Susan to start the Medical English course.

The first Medical English course has commenced in the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. The objective of this course is to increase the understanding between the health care professionals and patients in the refugee camp clinics. The health care professionals often face problems in the refugee camp clinics, finding it difficult to converse with the patients in their local language.

The doctors and nurses in the refugee camp clinics are from other countries and English is the universally used language; therefore, in order to fill this gap, a local health care assistant comes into picture. This health care assistant will be the official translator between the health care professionals and the patient. The Medical English course is designed to improve knowledge of basic medical terminology needed by health care assistants whose native language is not English. Medical Course

GuluWalk Is A Success, But The Efforts Must Continue

It was the end of the day on Saturday, October 21, 2006. Alexandra Decastiau and her co-volunteer Caroline Barney were exhausted. But they were also thrilled because the Lyon GuluWalk was a success. The walk they helped to organize in France was part of a worldwide response to the cause of Ugandan children, forced to walk into cities each night to avoid being kidnapped or killed.

RESPECT International caught up with Alexandra Decastiau to talk about the GuluWalk that we described in the RESPECT e-zine of October 20, 2006.

In Lyon, France, about 50 people participated in the first GuluWalk to be held in the country. But that was not all. About 150 people, including guests from out of town, came to the benefit concert in the evening and purchased food and drinks for the fundraising. These were enjoyed by both young and old and raised much needed funds for the cause. GuluWalk Success


RESPECT Volunteer Receives UNV Award


Dieudonné Amisi Mutambala has been selected by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) as an Online Volunteer of the Year for 2006.

He received the award for his work as Country Coordinator of RESPECT Ghana. He has made contributions toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The specific goals his work contributes to are:

  • MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
  • MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

RESPECT extends congratulations and appreciation to Dieudonné for his valuable contributions. He is the fourth RESPECT volunteer in as many years to win the award. Sandrine Cortet was a winner in 2005, Will Wallace was a winner in 2004, and Paul Fifen Chimy was a winner in 2003.

Dieudonné was one of ten volunteers to receive the award this year. Additional information about contributions and about the other volunteers can be found on the website.


GuluWalk organizers

Start of the GuluWalk from Place Bellecour, Lyon, France. From left to right: Mr. Alfred Nnam from the Embassy of Uganda in France; Ms. Caroline Barney and Ms. Alexandra Decastiau (organizers of the Lyon Gulu Walk); Mr. Kevin O'Brien, Executive Director of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief.

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