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Message from the AHA President
Dear friends of EPES and AHA,
EPES is far from resting on its laurels in 2017, the 35th anniversary of its founding as a project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH).
Already this year they have delivered the eighth International Course on Popular Education in Health, (fondly referred to as la Escuela), bringing the total number of trainees since 2010 to 150 (from 19 countries). Talk about ripple effect—that has to be a major splash! The impact of the Escuela has been particularly strong in Kenya, where the Hope Foundation for African Women is replicating the EPES model after founder Grace Mose attended the Escuela in 2010 (followed by fiveothers in 2014).
Also in this Update, you can learn about EPES’ continuing activities in emergency response and advocacy for a tobacco-free Chile, as well as about an exciting healthy schools program that emerged from a 2016 EPES workshop, just to mention a few.
Finally, I draw your attention to the announcement of a benefit concert to mark EPES’ 35 years and thank the wonderful donors and supporters who have made it all possible. If you are anywhere near the Twin Cities on September 23, I hope you will join us in celebrating this remarkable journey we have been on together. If you can’t be there physically, we will hold you in our hearts with gratitude for all you have done to help EPES fulfil its mission to contribute to health, dignity and justice for the people of Chile.
In gratitude for your continuing solidarity,
Christina Mills MD FRCPC
President, Action for Health in the Americas
AHA is excited to share this May’s EPES Update, a special edition that highlights the Escuela Internacional: EPES’ International Training Course that brings together participants from different countries with the common goal of leveraging EPES’ decades of participatory and community-based methodologies to empower the participants to bring those practices home. This past January, EPES hosted its 7th annual Escuela, bringing the total number of participants to 130 and countries represented to 18. For all of you who have supported EPES through donations over the past several years, you have helped make this all possible. Thank you again for your support and AHA hopes to continue to partner with you to ensure the Escuela Internacional and all of EPES’ other programming can continue well into the future. We hope that you’ll consider donating online using our secure form. AHA also accepts mailed donations via the address listed on our home page. ¡Muchas gracias!
Producers of the TVN (Chile’s National Television) morning television show Buenos Dias a Todos last week proclaimed their support for the #YoApoyoLeyTabaco (I Support the Tobacco Law) citizen campaign. The Tobacco-Free Chile coalition, an initiative coordinated by the EPES Foundation that promotes public health policy that lowers the high rate of smoking in this country, launched the campaign Monday, August 24.
Sonia Covarrubias, Tobacco-Free Chile Coalition Coordinator and EPES Executive Secretary, was interviewed Wednesday morning on the television program. The extensive interview gave her the opportunity to call upon Chilean organizations and the population in general to support a bill that aims to bring the national law in line with the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Control Framework Agreement
After launching the citizen campaign, the television program producers contacted Sonia to appear on the show. During the course of the interview, the program’s ratings rose, prompting producers to extend the time on the set. In addition, the campaign became a Twitter Trending Topic.
The complete 51-minute interview may be viewed on TVN’s website.
Sonia described the objectives behind plain packaging and spoke about the issue of tobacco additives, refuting tobacco industry charges about an alleged black market trade. She made a point to signal that the “YoApoyoLeyTabaco” campaign is backed by the OPS, WHO, as well as 60 national and international organizations. Moreover, four former Health Ministers of Chile – Jaime Mañalich, Osvaldo Artaza, Jorge Jimenez de la Jara and Helia Molina – publicly announced their support for the measure.
Action for Health in the Americas is proud to be a key supporter of this campaign and all the other work of EPES!