Advocacy

The GANG Advocacy Committee supports the Canadian Grandmothers for Africa: A National Advocacy Network. We advocate in meaningful and strategic ways for the grandmothers of Africa and the AIDS orphans in their care. Our vision is dignity for the present and hope for the future of grandmothers and aids orphans in Africa.

About Advocacy

Advocacy is the deliberate process of influencing those who make policy decisions. It is the act of speaking out or arguing on behalf of a particular issue, idea or person.Our goal is to stimulate policy change and effective government action to address the plight of grandmothers and AIDS orphans in Africa.

Activities to reach our goals:

  • Letter writing and letter writing campaigns
  • Meetings with local Member of Parliament
  • Participate in the national petition signing campaign
  • Plan a media event for the Grand Parent Weekend
  • Election strategy plan to get our message to candidates
  • Participate in World AIDS Day activities
  • Monthly representation to the National Steering Committee meeting

We are advocating in the following two areas:

1. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria (GFTAM)

GFTAM has proven to be a highly effective program that gets financial resources and services to places most in need, including countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In the first commitment stage, Canada was the eighth largest donor to the fund. In September of 2007 however, Canada was one of the only industrialized countries that failed to renew its contribution to GFTAM. We are pushing the Canadian government to renew its commitment to the Fund and increase its portion of our contribution to 5% of the total needed.

2. The Canadian Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) – Sometimes known as Bill C-9

In May of 2004, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation called the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime in order to allow the flow of generic drugs, including antiretroviral drugs, to developing countries. This legislation remains ineffective and tied up in red tape, while hundreds of thousands of children, parents and grandmothers are dying in sub-Saharan Africa right now for want of proper health care and treatment.

To become involved with this vital work contact Pat Bayliss, chair of the Advocacy Chair, p_bayliss@shaw.ca, 780-439-2641

Latest News on Antiretrovirals for Africa

Please check the link below to read about the first shipment of Antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS to Ruwanda. It will be the first and last such shipment to leave Canada because the law is so flawed. We must continue to demand action from the Federal Government to change Bill C-9 so drug companies can participate in this much needed humanitarian activity.

GREAT NEWS ABOUT BILL C393

Ruth Elliot, Advocacy cluster leader for Northern Alberta, send the following message:

Great News. Thanks to all who contributed to this successful venture ….. advocacy does work with a lot of sustained effort. On Dec. 2, 2009 in the House of Commons Ottawa Bill C-393 passed by a vote of 143 (including a few Conservatives) and 127 opposed. It now goes into committee for in-depth study and will likely come back to the House of Commons for final reading in Spring. It is an important step towards providing medicines to children and adults dying of treatable diseases (TB, malaria, and HIV/AIDS) in developing countries. Parliament now joins experts and advocates in the fields of science, academia, public service, the arts, newspaper editorial boards and according to a recent poll, 80% of Canadians in support of reforming Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). This opportunity to further make the case that simplifying the licensing process of CAMR – to allow developing countries to access medicines more quickly and easily from Canadian generic drug makers – will save lives.

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