Action Joins AIDS Responsibility Project’s Official Trip to
DC) Marsha A. Martin, executive director of AIDS Action will
be joining the AIDS Responsibility Project and a delegation
of congressional and administration officials, including the
members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS,
on a week-long trip to three countries in Africa—South Africa,
Botswana, and Uganda. While in these countries, the group
will engage in briefings and meetings with state officials
and in country U.S. government representatives. They will
also observe HIV prevention and treatment efforts on the ground.
learning of this opportunity, Ronald Johnson, associate executive
director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the chair of the
AIDS Action Council Board said, “Participation in this trip
will be an excellent opportunity for AIDS Action to contribute
to discussions on HIV/AIDS issues with key U.S. government
officials, and I feel strongly that it is in the interest
of the U.S. AIDS community that AIDS Action participates.
This is especially true while HIV rates are increasing in
our country among certain populations.”
Africa, Botswana, and Uganda are all included in the new U.S.
global AIDS plan, which AIDS Action has urged Congress to
fully fund. Although AIDS Action is known for its work on
national rather than international policy, Martin pointed
out, “Domestic HIV/AIDS policy can’t be separated from global
HIV/AIDS policy. “This trip,” she continued, “will assist
AIDS Action in identifying issues of common concern to all
people living with HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve
them.” Ken Malone, executive director of the Assistance Fund
and treasurer of the AIDS Action Council added, “The trip
to Africa will allow AIDS Action to see where the funding
is intended to go after the global bill gets appropriated.
It will also give AIDS Action the chance to speak with and
learn from the people who will be its beneficiaries.”
trip’s participants will depart this evening, Friday, August
8, 2003 and will return to Washington, DC on Monday, August
Action Foundation strives to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by
working for public policies that promote prevention against
new infections, provide care for people already living with
HIV/AIDS, and support the search for a cure. AIDS Action is
the national voice of all people living with HIV, representing
community based organizations across the country.