Here in the United States Servas Office, we are inspired everyday by our hosts and travelers.
Today we’d like to tell you about host, Dr. Rolande Hodel, who is working to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa.
Dr. Hodel has been a member of Servas for over 20 years. In 2003, while representing Servas at the United Nations Conference in New York City, Dr. Hodel was inspired by a talk given by Brazilian President, Lula Da Silva, about his plans for pharmaceutical production in Brazil. After having heard his lecture, and finishing her own Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dr. Hodel traveled to Africa to examine how she could use her knowledge and skills to help stop the spread of AIDS.
From this, AIDSfreeAFRICA, was born. AIDSfreeAFRICA is a non-profit whose mission is to empower Africans to become self-sufficient in producing pharmaceuticals. Recognizing that there is no simple or quick solution to the AIDS crisis in Africa, Dr. Hodel’s program takes a multi-tiered approach to development. Not only are they helping to empower local entrepreneurs and chemists, they are also working in schools, empowering women to have their own businesses, and sponsoring local children and families.
Learn more about AIDSfreeAFRICA and the work of our host, Dr. Rolande Hodel at http://www.AIDSfreeAFRICA.org.