Canadian based company donates supplies to HIV/AIDS Response Programme

first_imgLocalNews Canadian based company donates supplies to HIV/AIDS Response Programme by: – July 13, 2012 Share Tweet 81 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 40 foot container of medical, office and building supplies donated by SaskTel on Thursday.SaskTel International, a Canadian based organization teamed up with the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO), based in Trinidad and Tobago, to make a donation of US$5000.00 worth of medical, office and building supplies to the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme.On Thursday, representatives of SaskTel and CANTO presented a 40 foot container to the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme at a press conference held at the Princess Margaret Hospital.SaskTel International provides software solutions, and professional consulting and project management services to telecommunications businesses globally. SaskTel representative, Erin Lord explained that the donation of supplies was made through a “We See You” program which her company is a sponsor of.“The container comes as just one venture that the SaskTel We See You program has sent out of Canada. In 2006, SaskTel became a title sponsor of the program, We See You and since then the We See You program has produced many containers that have been sent to many different regions all over the world, some of those include; Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Uganda and Haiti, and now its 12th container has landed here in Dominica”.SaskTel representative, Erin Lord with her gift compliments the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme.The goal of the “We See You” program she explained is to “connect youth and local corporate sponsors with nonprofit organizations in the international communities who can help provide medical and educational support to the most vulnerable people in their community”.SaskTel partnered with CANTO, who introduced them to the National HIV/AIDS Response program in September of last year.“SaskTel International did our part by filling a 40 foot long, 10 feet high and 10 feet wide container of medical, office and building supplies. We were able to offer the medical supplies for the container from a unique relationship with the local health authority in Saskatchewan, while the building and office supplies came from all SaskTel and SaskTel International employees who donated them from their homes and their work places. SaskTel International also did some fundraising in order to provide the response program to turn the container, which is a donation itself, into an office space,” Lord noted.CANTO’s representative, Tricia Balthazar who is Dominican born but residing in Trinidad, was instrumental in contacting an employee of the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme, requesting that she provides a list of supplies that they required.Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson presenting a gift compliments the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme to CANTO’s representative, Tricia Balthazar.Balthazar noted that the company is pleased to partner with SaskTel for a second time in providing much needed assistance to a Caribbean island, the first being St. Vincent.Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson thanked both companies for their donation, especially during economic hardships. “We recognize that there is significant economic hardship worldwide and I know therefore that the Ministry of Health and by extension the National HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit is very pleased that SaskTel has chosen Dominica and the National HIV/AIDS program to make this kind gesture”. He noted that the donation “will certainly go a long way in improving the lives of persons who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS who are living in Dominica, not only those who are directly infected and affected with HIV/AIDS but also donation will also assist the Ministry of Health in improving some of the services that we offer to some of our clients”. Dr Johnson also complimented National HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Nurse Frampton for her efforts and dedication to improving the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS.A special wooden clock shaped as the map of Dominica, with the flag of Dominica was presented as a thank you token to the representatives of SaskTel and CANTO.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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