Physicians for Social Justice
Dr John-Kennedy Chukwumuanya is a parishioner in St Michael’s parish, Kontagora, Nigeria. Some years ago he founded the above-named Non-governmental Organisation (NGO). It has now been recognised by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).
It is one of 25 organisations from around the world chosen to receive the RED RIBBON Award in recognition of their contribution in the field of HIV/AIDS awareness and care. This biennial award is given to community-based organisations that have impressed UNDP by the effectiveness of their programmes.
Pictured is one of the PACA ‘travelling clinics’.
Dr Chukwumuanya’s NGO was chosen from 720 nominations from 100 countries which were judged to have demonstrated the most remarkable efforts in terms of innovation, impact, sustainability, strategic partnerships, gender sensitivity and social inclusion. Each of the winning organisations receives a cash prize and international recognition for their innovation and leadership in responding to the AIDS epidemic.
He, along with his Secretary, Sylvia Musa (also a parishioner at St Michael’s) as well as the other 24 winners are travelling to Vienna, Austria to receive their Red Ribbon award. This will happen during the 18th International AIDS Conference from 18th to 23rd July 2010.
Dr. Chukwumuanya has been the coordinator of St Michael’s Parish Action Committee on AIDS (PACA) since 2007. In close cooperation with the present Parish Priest, Fr Dan McCauley SMA (from Strabane, Co Tyrone), Dr Chukwumuanya and the Committee built a Centre for HIV/AIDS counselling and testing. It was named the HEART CENTRE (Health Education Awareness Resource and Testing centre). It was officially opened and blessed in August 2009. The Committee organises awareness raising and outreach activities to outstations and neighbouring parishes.
With this award, the Committee and parishioners are very proud of this wonderful achievement of their PACA Coordinator and fellow parishioner, Dr Chukwumuanya.