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OGO Fraternity to sponsor “Africa Week” Lectures at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., March 25, 2009—The Omicron Gamma Omega Fraternity at Moravian College will hold a series of lectures addressing important issues in Africa. The lectures are part of the fraternity’s “Africa Week” at the College, which includes lectures, fund raising, and African food at diner. The program is free of charge and the public is welcome to attend.

Jonathan Munemo, visiting assistant professor of economics at Moravian, will present "A Development Perspective on the New Economic Partnership Agreements between Africa and the European Union" on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m., in the UBC, Haupert Union Building.  Professor Munemo will explain the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that are becoming more common between a number of African nations and the EU. He will provide a primer on trade agreements and development.

“A major objective of these EPAs is to establish reciprocal trade liberalization as opposed to the unilateral trade preferences accorded to Africa by the EU under the previous Lome-Contonou Agreements,” Munemo noted. “Given that the EU is Africa's largest trading partner, EPAs will no doubt have an important impact on the continent’s development.”

Munemo's teaching interests include managerial finance, economics and business statistics, applied international trade, and international finance. His current research focuses on empirical analyses of foreign aid and trade issues affecting developing countries.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Zimbabwe and an M.A. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University.

The second lecture in the series will be delivered by Ralph Stroup, M.D., a retired urologist from New Haven, Connecticut, and assistant clinical professor in surgery (urology) at the Yale School of Medicine.  Stroup will discuss the current state of health care in Kenya, focusing on HIV/AIDS, on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.

Stroup traveled to Kenya to participate in an 3 week volunteer project to train Kenyan health care workers in HIV/AIDS techniques and help with community mobilization community against the disease.  The trip, sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Cultural Affairs, opened his eyes to the human crisis and economic need in the villages of Chumvi and Lokosero—where health clinics could benefit greatly from modest amounts of funds. As a result, he has embarked a campaign to educate service clubs about the situation in Kenya and raise $12,000 for the clinics.

Keyna’s National AIDS Control Council (NACC) claims the infection rate fell from 6.1 percent in 2004 to the current 5.9 percent of the country's nearly 35 million people.  During the late 1990’s the rate peaked at 10 percent of the population. At least 1.3 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Since 1984, at least 1.5 million people are said to have died from AIDS in Kenya according to health ministry estimates.

Dylan Stroup ’10 (Orange, Conn.), philanthropic chair of Omicron Gamma Omega Fraternity and son of Dr. Ralph Stroup, organized the program to help raise awareness about issues affecting Africa. “We feel it is important to give back to our local community and the world around us,” Stroup noted. “Africa has been through many changes recently and is now of the fastest growing economies.  Many not-for-profit organizations are putting their energy into creating a healthy, safe Africa.  This is a chance for the college community to understand the life changing opportunities that are available and initiatives taking place, all of which are making a dramatic difference with relatively little funds.”