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Prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders, including Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the ADAMS Center, met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Dec. 2, to urge progress on the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations at the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting. Leaders also encouraged the administration to propose a $5 billion increase for poverty-focused development assistance in the president's fiscal year 2007 budget request. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) believes it is important to work together as faith communities for helping make this world a better place. Charity is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. ADAMS works with Bread for the World and other faith groups in this cause. ADAMS is on the Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, and Reston Interfaith Pantry and Shelter.

A high-ranking delegation of administrators from Beijing Hospital, including China-Japan Friendship Hospital and 301 Hospitals of The PeopleÕs Republic of China, will visit Inova Loudoun HospitalÕs Lansdowne Campus Dec. 7.

This past July, the hospital played host to a similar forum discussing high quality health-care delivery results and how those results are related to economics, technology, population considerations and behaviors and established clinical practices. During this visit, Linda Bowers, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Inova Loudoun Hospital, presented on some of the common diseases that may affect elderly patients and the treatment of these diseases. The presentation was followed by a tour of the hospital.

More than 70 people came together to support the inaugural Care for Kids event Dec. 1, helping to raise more than $20,000 that will benefit the Loudoun Kids Health Partnership (LKHP). A program of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), LKHP provides access to low-cost comprehensive primary medical care for uninsured children of low-income Loudoun County residents.

Families participating in LKHP often work several jobs with no benefits, or they cannot afford the insurance premiums. There are currently 245 children enrolled in LKHP, with more than 200 on a waiting list. The average cost for one full year of health care for one child is $450. The care is provided by community physicians and Kaiser Permanente. Services include comprehensive primary preventative and sick care, lab services, pharmaceutical assistance, case management, and information and referral services. For more information, visit www.nvfs.org.