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PAHF Launches in UK


June 29, 2004 (Leeds, England) … PAHF United Kingdom held its inaugural

dinner at Harewood House, the Yorkshire home of the Earl and Countess of

Harewood and one of 10 Treasure Houses of England. The Earl is PAHF UK's Co-

Patron. He co-hosted the event with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo. In attendance were about 80 senior corporate

The Earl of Harewood (left) welcomes Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (right) to Harewood House for PAHF UK's opening celebration.

executives from the UK and other European countries as well as representatives from multilateral organizations.

Speakers included important supporters of PAHF such as Dr. Peter Odili, Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria; Princess Funke Adedoyin, Nigerian Minister of State for Health; and Dr. Bernard Kouchner, former French Minister of Health. President Obasanjo gave the keynote address.

In his opening remarks, the Earl of Harewood expressed his belief that PAHF UK would make a genuine contribution to the problems affecting Africa. A presentation by Mr. Yuichi Ishimaru, Chairman of PAHF UK, summarized PAHF's objectives and the progress made so far. Sir Francis Kennedy, representing the other trustees of PAHF UK, spoke about the social and economic effects of disease in Africa. He called PAHF UK's projects a “brave first step” toward combating these diseases and went on to note, "One of the great merits of the Pan African Health Foundation scheme is that it plans to use resources available in Nigeria and to transfer to Nigerians significant technology and management skills."

In the United Kingdom, PAHF UK is Registered Charity number 1105695.

The PAHF UK launch, held at Harewood House in Leeds, England, was co-hosted by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (left) and the Countess and Earl of Harewood (center and right).

The Pan African Health Foundations — PAHF Nigeria, PAHF UK and PAHF USA — are non-governmental (private), charitable organizations dedicated to reducing Africa's disease burden by decreasing the incidence of Africa's most devastating diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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