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Pediatric AIDS physician and African missionary to speak at Milligan

Milligan College , Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2007) – Pediatric AIDS doctor and Milligan College alumnus Bernie Bledsoe will talk about the reality of AIDS in Africa during convocation on Oct. 16 at Milligan College.

Bledsoe and his wife, Kelly, have worked at the Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) pediatric clinic in the town of Abengourou in southeastern Ivory Coast since 2004. The clinic works to meet the health needs of local children and expecting mothers, as well as provide contact with the Djoula-speaking people.

In 2006 the Bledsoes began an HIV treatment program through a partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, providing hundreds of individuals with testing and life-saving medicines. T he clinic was named by the foundation as the center for pediatric AIDS care for the entire region in 2007 . The staff at the clinic continues to reach out to the community by providing loving, Christ-centered care, as well as mobilizing the community both to care for people living with AIDS and to start effective prevention programs.

Bledsoe also works with other CMF staff using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) to mobilize the villages surrounding Abengourou to fight against AIDS and bring about a transformation in each community.

Bledsoe’s lecture will be held at Milligan College ‘s Seeger Chapel at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://www.milligan.edu/spiritual , or contact Nathan Flora, campus minister, at 423.461.8748 or NFlora@milligan.edu.

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