Minister Kitt Announces Exhibition on Women’s Health
The Minister for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt, TD, today announced the staging of an exhibition of paintings highlighting issues related to women’s health in developing countries. The exhibition entitled, “Art for Health” will be held in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre until Saturday 15th March.
The exhibition, commissioned by the World Health Organisation features paintings by artist Elisabette Farina. The paintings depict women from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds and aim to transmit key public health messages about women's sexual and reproductive health. The paintings are to be sold at auction by Christies in April 2008 to provide funds for the Irish Forum for Global Health, an independent network concerned with issues that impact on the health and development of populations at a global level. The Forum is supported by Irish Aid and the event has been organized by Irish Aid, the Women’s Health Council and Options.
The Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre opened in January 2008, on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, and is a state of the art, flexible multi-media exhibition space designed to raise awareness of development issues and the role of Irish Aid in tackling global poverty.
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The “Art for Health” exhibition depicts women from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds and aims to transmit key public health messages in order to: increase awareness of global disparities in women's sexual and reproductive health; mobilize resources for the health of women and newborns around the world; expand beyond the scientific and public health communities to reach other audiences and engage them in the challenge of im¬proving women's sexual and reproductive health conditions and promote the notion that underprivileged women can be partners in the effort to change their adverse life circumstances and poor health outcomes.
Irish Aid spent over €100 million in 2007 combating HIV and AIDS and other communicable diseases.
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