Presentations teach about women’s health in Africa

DeKALB – Tanzania Development Support will sponsor presentations by Liz Mach on “The Importance of Educating Girls for Women’s Health” at locations in DeKalb and Sycamore Oct. 16 and 17.

Mach is a registered nurse who has worked as a Maryknoll lay missionary in Tanzania and Sudan for more than 35 years. She grew up in Minnesota and earned a master’s degree in maternal-child health from the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health. Her passion and her work focus on preventable health issues experienced by women and girls in Tanzania today. These include early teenage pregnancy, vaginal fistulas, HIV/AIDS, and female circumcision. She will share stories about her many years of experience in women’s health issues in Africa. This is sure to be an informative and educational experience.

The first presentation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the parish activity center of St. Mary’s Church in Sycamore. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. The parish activity center is located adjacent to the church at 322 Waterman St.

Mach will also speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Refreshments will be served before the presentation.

Mach works in the region where Tanzania Development Support is financing the construction of a library and community resource center for use by the Nyegina Secondary School and the surrounding community. She is acutely aware that education of girls is the road to improving the health of women and their children, lowering the rate of teen pregnancy, postponing marriage and reducing poverty.

There is no admission fee. Donations for the construction of the library and community resource center are encouraged. Sponsors are needed to support Northern Illinois University students and faculty who will be Walking with Water from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the MLK Commons to raise money for the library project. Visit to volunteer or support walkers.

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