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Thursday, August 16, 2012

AIDS doctor from UP leads voting for world's outstanding people award


Filipino-American Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana currently holds the most number of votes for the annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World award.

Salvana is among 20 nominees from various countries who were nominated for the award for creating a positive change within their respective fields.

Salvana is leading in the poll with a total votes of 1,200, closely followed by Tendai Concilia Wenyika of Zimbabwe with 1,100 votes.

The voting will end on August 20.
 
The JCI is an international non-profit organization of people aged 18 to 40 who focus on creating positive change in their communities.
 
Every year, a JCI World Congress is held inTaipei, Taiwan where the honorees are feted.
 
This year, to commemorate its 30th anniversary, the JCI has opened an online voting poll where young people around the world can participate in selecting the honorees.
 
A lifelong battle against HIV/AIDS
 
Salvana studied at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine before going to the United States to acquire diplomas in international infectious and tropical diseases.
 
In the 1980s, he studied the HIV/AIDS epidemic that spread both in the US and Africa which he deems as a human catastrophe that must not be repeated.
 
Salvana then returned to the Philippines, discovered an increase in HIV/AIDS cases, and took action by organizing various research and awareness programs.

He is passionate about informing and protecting people against the killer disease.

Salvana's campaign against HIV/AIDS gained international attention when he presented educational and action-oriented speeches to the United Nations and US Peace Corps.
 
To vote for Salvana, people can click on the “Like” button at the bottom of his profile on the JCI website. - VVP, GMA News

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