Step behind the curtains of the 2011 Emergency ADAP Summit last weekend for a revealing look at activists trying to address the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis. In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, you'll learn about the panic over ADAP, and exactly what you can do to prevent thousands of AIDS patients from losing access to life saving medications.
The video is also a candid glimpse into tensions among the advocates themselves (mostly over the role of Big Pharma) and emotional moments of personal frustration and fatigue from years of AIDS advocacy.
The weekend was organized by the ADAP Advocacy Association (AAA+) and held in Ft Lauderdale (Florida has, by far, the longest waiting list of patients now waiting to join the ADAP program). The lead sponsor of the event was the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
But let's return to the theme of the video episode: doing what you can to help end this funding crisis, meaning, pick up the phone and call your elected officials (VoteSmart.org will tell you who they are and how to reach them). And to make it as easy as possible, the video give you a lesson on what to expect from the call and what to say. I can still find calls like this intimidating, but these instructions make it simple for you.
Activism means getting the word out. I hope you'll help increase calls to our elected officials by sharing this posting.