Two Senators Visit Guyana to Evaluate HIV/AIDS Problem
February 24, 2003
Republican Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) and Mike DeWine (Ohio) met with officials in Guyana on Sunday to determine how the United States can assist the South American country with its burgeoning HIV/AIDS problem. Chafee and DeWine promised to try and convince Congress of the importance of President Bush's $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which is focused on Africa and the Caribbean. In his State of the Union speech, Bush singled out Guyana and Haiti, where HIV/AIDS rates have exploded. "Guyana clearly needs to make more progress in regard to treatment and in regard to mother-to-child transmission," DeWine said after touring the state-run Georgetown Hospital. "It would not be easy nor would it be done overnight. This is a slow process," he added. Both senators stressed the importance of public education as a tool in HIV/AIDS prevention. The senators' next stop is Haiti; they plan to return to Washington late Monday.Adapted from:
02.23.03; Bert Wilkinson
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.