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[24 NOV 98] WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
HIV / AIDS Project Officer Honoured

County Council HIV / AIDS Project Officer Dr Liz Ward has won a national 1,000 cash award to help her carry out an HIV education project in Romania.

Liz, who works for Warwickshire Social Services, was presented with the University of Bristol’s prestigious Louise Bashford Award by broadcaster Sue Lawley at a special ceremony at the university earlier this month.

Liz is planning to go to Romania – which has the highest number of HIV infected children in Europe – for three weeks next spring to train members of a voluntary group on how to educate young people about HIV and AIDS.

Liz said:

"I am delighted to have been given this award. Sue Lawley was very positive about the project and she praised the Social Services Department for supporting it.

"World AIDS Day, next Tuesday (1 December), highlights HIV as a global issue which affects everyone. I’m glad to be able to share the training and resources we have in Warwickshire with another country which badly needs them."

Romania is one of the countries featured in a special educational pack, created by the World AIDS Day group, for county young people being launched this Thursday (26 November) at Shire Hall, Warwick, to mark World AIDS Day (1 December).

The launch will be attended by Royal Shakespeare Company actress Tina Gambi, local dignitaries and young people.

NOTES

The Louise Bashford Award is an annual award given by the University of Bristol, in memory of Louise Bashford, a researcher at the university who died of an HIV-related illness.

Liz Ward will be working with the ARAS Piatra Neamt group, in Piatra Neamt, at the foot of the Carpathiam Mountains.

The World AIDS Day group is made up of representatives from Warwickshire Social Services, Community Education, Warwickshire Borough Councils, The HIV Network, and North Warwickshire, Rugby and South Warwickshire Health Promotion Services. The launch of the educational pack will take place at 5.45pm on Thursday 26 November.

Further information:
Liz Ward  01926 412081
         

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