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Activist Groups' Plea to Indian Prime Minister: 'Rollout Second-Line AIDS Treatment!'
Date:11/13/2007

NACO Centers Report 100,000 Patients on First-line ART; Advocates Press for Second-line Access

NEW DELHI, India, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF):

As part of its ongoing global campaign to improve access to lifesaving AIDS treatments worldwide, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which operates free AIDS treatment clinics in India as AHF/India Cares, and a broad-based coalition of other international and Indian civil society partners and HIV/AIDS organizations including Indian Medical Parliamentarians Forum (IMPF), World Vision, Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), Amnesty International, Positive Lives Foundation - Goa (PLF), Manipur Network of Positive People, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), Naz Foundation International - India, as well as other groups have joined together in a public appeal to the Honorable Dr. Manmohan Singh, India's Prime Minister, urging him to intercede and help facilitate the rollout of lifesaving second-line antiretroviral AIDS treatments in India. The appeal was delivered in a formal letter of request sent directly to the Prime Minister in New Delhi this week; the appeal will also be shared with Indian civil society in a print advertisement scheduled to run in major Indian newspapers including The Hindu (New Delhi) and the Financial Express (Mumbai), appearing in the Thursday November 15, 2007 editions of the newspapers.

The coalition also hosted a press conference to unveil the newspaper advertisement calling for second-line AIDS treatment on Tuesday, November 13 at The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi. The newspaper advertisement, designed in the style of a letter and headlined, "An Open Appeal to Dr. Manmohan Singh" includes the following points and pleas from the group's letter to the Prime Minister:

-- "This is an open appeal to your good office to address the urgent need to rollout second-line anti-retroviral drugs in India. We, the
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