African AIDS experts visit, learn from Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A delegation of prominent HIV/AIDS doctors from across East Africa is visiting Israel to expand medical partnerships and benefit from Israel’s expertise.

The 10 African medical experts from Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya arrived Sunday in Israel for a weeklong visit under the auspices of Project Interchange and the Israeli Consortium on AIDS Medicine in Africa. 

Dr. Mark Wainberg, former president of the International AIDS Society and currently drector of the McGill University AIDS Center, also joined the seminar.

The program is designed to launch collaboration between Israeli and African universities and hospitals, and also will help expand medical partnerships across Africa, as well as provide Israel’s medical advances and expertise as a resource for global public health concerns.

In addition to the medical sessions, the group is scheduled to meet with experts from across Israel’s political and social spectrum who will discuss strategic and regional issues, as well as Israeli and Palestinian politics and society.

The visit is being held in cooperation with MASHAV, Israel’s national agency for international development cooperation, and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Africa Division.

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