GRANDMOTHERS STAUNCHLY BEHIND AFFORDABLE MEDICINES BILL - SEND SHOUT OUT TO PARLIAMENT HILL
On October 31 and November 1st, hundreds of determined women from the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN), their supporters and partner organizations
will shout from "hilltops" across the country to urge parliamentarians to pass legislation that gives people in the developing world
access to affordable life-saving medicines.
GRAN is a Canadian voice for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa caring for millions of AIDS-orphaned children. The
stark reality is that there are still more than 7.5 million people worldwide who do not have access to HIV/AIDS treatment and,
without medicines, more than half of babies born with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa do not reach their second birthday.
Bill C-398 now before parliament will fulfill Canada's eight-year-old promise to provide affordable generic medicines to the world's poor.
GRAN is hopeful that this groundswell of support will remind parliamentarians of the urgent and humanitarian need to pass this legislation.
More than 100 Canadian, African and international NGOs have signalled their support for the bill, including Oxfam, UNICEF Canada,
the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Uganda's AIDS Support Organization.
For events list & more information:
Contact: Val Swinton (613) 730-6442
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)
The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is a national organization that acts as a Canadian voice for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa caring for millions of AIDS-orphaned children. GRAN works to change Canadian policies that will improve the quality of life for these grandmothers and the grandchildren in their care.
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