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IDPP Program Associate Speaks at International Disability Workshops

Mrs. Louie Zepeda-Teng at GFAN Brussels WorkshopIDPP Program Associate Mrs. Louie Zepeda-Teng was a speaker at the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) meeting hosted by Action.org and ICSS in Brussels, Belgium from 1-9 October 2015. As a speaker and participant, Mrs. Zepeda-Teng took part in a media workshop on global health and resource mobilization for GFAN. With visits to the EU commission and EU parliament to advocate for patients' rights and disability-inclusive health practices, the objective of the meeting was to enhance advocates' roles and create more effective public health and disability messaging. Highlighted topics included the eradication of three communicable diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. Mrs. Zepeda-Teng joined other speakers and advocates from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

After her participation at the GFAN meeting in Brussels, Mrs. Zepeda-Teng returned to her home city of Manila, Philippines to contribute to the creation of Patient Support Groups affected by the three communicable diseases. On 10 October 2015, she facilitated a workshop in Manila with participants from different cities across the Philippines. She was assisted by Las Pinas City Disability Federation, a prominent disabled persons' organization that was awarded the Apolinario Mabini Award for the year, which recognizes groups and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to persons with disabilities. The workshop taught best practices for creating support groups, and Mrs. Zepeda-Teng plans to use this patient-centered care approach as she continues to work with affected populations in her country and globally.

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