Students lobby Congress in support of AIDS funding
BY Advocate.com Editors
April 09 2003 11:00 PM ET
More than 200 medical and undergraduate students from more than 40 states met with 250 members of Congress Monday to urge swift passage of President Bush's proposed five-year $15 billion international AIDS initiative. The students, part of the Students Mobilizing Against the Crisis of AIDS Coalition, also held a rally and press conference on Capitol Hill that featured speeches from Garth Graham, a board member of Physicians for Human Rights; Minesh Shah, a fellow of the American Medical Student Association; Joia Stapleton Mukherjee, medical director of Partners in Health; and Cara Henry, a member of Amnesty International's Women's Rights Steering Committee. According to statistics presented by the students at the press conference, more than 500,000 people have died of AIDS-related complications since Bush proposed the international AIDS plan in late January. Likewise, 1 million have become infected with HIV, and 100,000 children have been orphaned due to adult fatalities from HIV-related diseases.