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Dr. Ted Karpf served for seven years as Partnerships Officer at the World Health Organization.
He is also a Senior Fellow in the Health Inequalities Program at Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy.
Karpf was principle editor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of AIDS, published by Palgrave Macmillan and WHO.
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Ted Karpf, ThM
Reverend Karpf is a lecturer at the Boston University Schools of Theology and Public Health and Director of Development for the School of Theology.
Rev. Karpf previously served as Partnerships Officer at the World Health Organization from 2004-10.
He served as Provincial Canon Missioner for AIDS and as deputy to the Archbishop of Cape Town from 2001-04.
From 1993-97 he was Executive Director of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition and has served in various positions, including Canon for Global Health in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC; he also served as HIV/AIDS Coordinator of the Anglican Communion.
During the late 1980s-early 1990s Rev. Karpf worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health on HIV/AIDS issues.
Karpf was principal editor of Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of AIDS (2008).
Seventh-Day Adventist Church :: Euro-Africa Division :: News
"Seventh-day Adventists are known worldwide for being leaders in health and developers of community health care," said Dr. Ted Karpf, a WHO technical officer.
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Ministry Series: Guest Speaker : Ted Karpf.
Morning Topic: A congregation and Its Communities: A Community and Its Congregations . Bio: Ted Karpf is Canon of the National Cathedral and Congregational Development Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, is an experienced pastor who has also served as Exec Director of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition.
September 5 , 2001 ( ENS ) Ted Karpf is a man with a mission- - to mobilize the church in the battle against the AIDS pandemic.After years on the frontlines of the struggle in the United States , his mission has now taken him to South Africa , where he has put together the first AIDS conference for Anglican churches south of the Sahara.In the short time he has been in South Africa , he has been deeply shaken by the dimensions of the issue and the high human costs.
A few days before the conference , Karpf
described a visit to an old African priest who had just completed his
500th funeral , how he
had been to a so-called hospital where he
had been ushered into a room for women with AIDS designed to care for 20 patients , but now treating 70 or 80 , most of them succumbing to tuberculosis brought on by the fetid conditions.The women , many of them with children in their arms , stared back at him.
This same hospital had hearses , he
told me , that were actually pick-up trucks lined up like so many limousines on Oscar night.They were waiting for the AIDS victims inside , many cut from their families and communities and now stigmatized by everyone , utterly alone and left to die.
spoke in a quiet cadence , his
voice cracked and a tear appeared on his
described a four-year-old orphan who was struggling for life and an old man of 80 who hungered for a scrap of dignity.In short , he
told me about Africa and AIDS , and in those few minutes I understood that this conference was no mere gathering of the great and the good to talk , but a sort of war council that hoped to outline a strategy to deal with issues of life or death.However late the church's response to the crisis , that response had to be powerful and decisive.But most of all , in that moment , I saw a man who had been touched and moved and changed by a disease that is either dismissed as belonging to that group over there or , in the case of Africa , hardly discussed at all.
An unlikely journey
Ted Karpf's journey to this moment has been unlikely.
...From there , Karpf served as head of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition , promoting the slogan that The Episcopal Church has AIDS.
has concluded that the Anglican churches in Africa are facing a monumental task in addressing the issue in the face of the most chilling statistics on earth- - 36 million with HIV/AIDS ; 27 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa alone.Karpf
approached Archbishop Njongokulu Ndungane , primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa
, to offer his
help.Like many of his
colleagues , the archbishop had been distracted from dealing with the AIDS issue because of apartheid and then with the issue of debt in the Two-Thirds World.But finally he was ready , and called Karpf , who was serving on the diocesan staff in Washington , to meet him in New York to work out what could be done
.I have a relative's funeral tonight , Karpf
told him.That's fine , said Ndungane , a man not used to being refused.Just be in New York by eight tomorrow.Goodbye..
So at the Episcopal Church Center
early the next morning , Karpf
and the archbishop began their negotiations and planning.By 5 o'clock that night , Karpf
was appointed Provincial Canon Missioner for HIV/AIDS.Episcopal Relief and Development pledged $50 , 000 towards a strategic planning process for tackling the HIV/AIDS problem , an amount eventually supplemented by a grant from Agency for International Development
.A few weeks later , Karpf
was in Africa.
'A huge opportunity'
Ndungane wanted a conference in August.It was now June.But remarkably and without much hesitation , every province of Africa agreed to send a representative to conference , the first such coming together of the Anglican church
in Africa about any subject , ever.And it worked out a deep commitment of the churches , endorsed by every primate in Africa , bolstered by the decision to establish a staff position to coordinate the response.