Grandmothers Advocacy Group - Join Nov. 1st Rally & Send a Plea
to Parliament Hill
Join grandmothers and grand Others
Greater Vancouver Grandmothers, joined by NGOs and individuals with similar concerns, as part of a cross-Canada event, are rallying in downtown Vancouver to send a message to Members of Parliament that they must pass Bill C-398. This bill will reform Canada's Access to Medicines Regime so that affordable, high quality, life-saving medicines can get to people who need them in the developing world.
When: Thursday, November 1st, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery steps, Robson Street Plaza
Organized by: Greater Van GRAN (The Grandmothers Advocacy Network)
Despite gains made against the AIDS epidemic, 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 the babies born with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa do not reach their second birthday. By passing Bill C-398, Canada can improve access to affordable medicines in countries where HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are an acute public health threat and a compelling humanitarian issue. GRAN is hopeful that this groundswell of support from Canadian grandmothers and civil society organizations will remind parliamentarians of the urgent need to pass this legislation.
Bill C-398 is a renewed attempt to fulfil Canada's eight-year-old promise to the world's poor and critically ill. More than 100 NGOs endorse the passage of the bill, among them UNICEF Canada, the Canadian HIV-AIDS Legal Network, and Uganda's AIDs Support Organization (TASO).
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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