JCI News Doctor Edsel Maurice Salvana of the Philippines 
selected as one of the 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For his extraordinary work in awareness and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana of Quezon City, the Philippines was named a 2012 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. 

 

Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana turned his knowledge and career in healthcare into a way to help those suffering from HIV/AIDS. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, he concluded his residency and obtained specialized diplomas in international infectious and tropical diseases in the United States. He studied the HIV/AIDS epidemic that occurred in both Africa and the United States during the 1980s and resolved to prevent such an incredible human catastrophe from happening again. 

 

Upon Dr. Salvana’s return to the Philippines, he discovered an increase of HIV/AIDS cases in his home country. He immediately took action and started a vigorous awareness and research campaign long before the Philippine government officially recognized the epidemic. 

 

His early detection of the disease spurred government agencies to make HIV/AIDS policy a priority and initiated positive changes regarding testing and treatment. Dr. Salvana has since taken his campaign global, delivering educational, action-oriented speeches about the epidemic to the United Nations and the United States Peace Corps. Locally, he treats HIV/AIDS patients at the Philippine General Hospital and established the first Philippine HIV/AIDS fellowship program to increase care for the disease. Dr. Salvana’s extensive medical background and passion for protecting others make him a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS in his community and around the world. 

 

JCI TOYP

JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts on a local and global level.

 

These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2012 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Tuesday, November 20 at the JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

 

Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.

 

Contact:

Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International)

programs@jci.cc

 

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