USAID executive Katie Taylor to discuss Africa’s health challenges at annual Vision Africa banquet on Oct. 9 in Dallas

cropped-VisionAfricaLogoOnRust2DALLAS (Oct. 2, 2014) – Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will discuss the U.S. government’s efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths in Africa during her keynote address at Vision Africa’s annual banquet on Oct. 9.

“With the tremendous public health issues facing Africa – particularly malaria, HIV/Aids and most recently Ebola – Katie’s insight and experience on maternal and child survival and health will provide an opportunity for the church and other institutions to learn more about the challenges facing millions of Africans and how those from the global West can work together for the long-term health and well-being of the people there,” said Bishop Dr. Sunday Onuoha, Vision Africa’s founder and president.

The banquet – an evening to celebrate how God has worked through Vision Africa in Nigeria – will be held at Elliott Hall at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event marks the sixteenth year of ministry and the tenth anniversary of the ministry’s radio station, LOVE 104.1 FM, which reaches a population of over 20 million across Southeast Nigeria. In addition to Taylor, other speakers will include Chijioke Emmanuel Nwogo, the Nigeria station’s general manager; Uchemadu Ohakah, the station’s head of presentations and promotions and assistant program director; and Sharon Geiger, assistant general manager and outreach director at KCBI Radio in Dallas, who was part of a U.S. radio liaison trip to the Nigeria station in June of this year.

“The banquet will be a wonderful night of celebrating the many things God has accomplished through Vision Africa in Nigeria,” said Paul Ditto, Vision Africa’s executive director. “God has used the ministry to share His love with many people in Nigeria through radio ministries, medical missions, disease prevention, peace-and-reconciliation initiatives, evangelism and church planting.”

Before joining USAID, Taylor worked in a variety of leadership positions at General Electric for nearly 20 years, as vice president for International Business Development at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and as executive director of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty. She has lived and worked in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale, a graduate certificate of political studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a master’s degree in international business from Georgetown University. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Katie Taylor, Bishop Sunday Onuoha and the two radio executives from Nigeria will be available for media interviews immediately after the event. Taylor’s address and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. after the meal and will be open to the public at no charge, but reservations are required. For more information, please go to the ministry’s web site: www.visionafrica.org/donate. To reserve a seat for just the program, or for questions, call (214) 828-9232 or email Paul Ditto, executive director, at pditto@visionafrica.org.

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