to be Good Role Models, Active in Battle Against
Ronald, one of Canada’s foremost HIV/AIDS
researchers, speaks to CMU microbiology class
In the battle against HIV/AIDS, Christians
should be a “voice for the sick and the poor,”
be good role models, and make and support “good
decisions in sexual health.”
That was the message shared
with students at Canadian Mennonite University
(CMU) by Dr. Allan Ronald, one of Canada’s
foremost physicians and microbiologists in the
fight against HIV/AIDS.
Speaking at Dr. Glen
Klassen’s Essentials of Microbiology class at
the university on March 25, Ronald added that
Christians should “create a sense of belonging
and hope” for people afflicted with the disease
and “promote peace and justice” for people in
the developing world who are at great risk of
Ronald, a member of Winnipeg’s
Community Church, also encouraged students to
“advocate for good things and push back against
evil—in your own lives and globally.” Sexual
promiscuity, he added, “is one of those evils.”
In addition to his research, Ronald is a
leader in developing comprehensive HIV/AIDS care
and prevention programs in Africa. Noting that
7,000 people on that continent die each day from
the disease, he told students that the battle
will require “action, advocacy, ideas, energy,
leadership, finances and prayer,” and that
universities like CMU can “develop courses and
develop leaders” for that fight.
“Our generation will be judged by how we
respond to this crisis,” he stated.
He went on to say that scientists today are
still struggling to find a vaccine to treat
HIV/AIDS, and that they know only about ten
percent of how the immune system works.
“There is lots for you to do in your
lifetime,” he told the class.
Posted April 1, 2008.
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