Senator Alexander Applauds Swift Passage Of Global AIDS Bill

Posted on May 16, 2003

WASHINGTON — As chairman of the African Affairs Subcommittee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has joined Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) in leading the charge to fight HIV/AIDS. "President Bush and Senator Frist have challenged our moral conscience and the conscience of this country," Alexander said. "The Senate met its moral obligation to help countries most afflicted by HIV/AIDS by passing the Global AIDS bill quickly," Alexander said. Alexander introduced S. 1067, the "AIDS Corps Act of 2003" to facilitate the service of health care professionals in areas of sub-Saharan Africa, and other parts of the world, that are severely affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. "I did not pursue the AIDS Corps bill during last night's debate to ensure swift passage of the Bipartisan Global AIDS bill," Alexander said. "I hope we can adopt this proposal or something similar in the near future." Alexander's AIDS Corps proposal establishes a pilot program that allows qualified health professionals to volunteer to:
  • Provide on the job training to medical and other personnel in HIV/AIDS affected countries;
  • Provide health care educational training for residents of the area where they serve;
  • Provide basic health care services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS;
  • And to serve for a period of not less than two months and up to two years.
The bill also would provide the same liability coverage to volunteering doctors as is provided for federal employees who provide health care services. Alexander will chair his first African Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Monday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the next step in combating HIV/AIDS: how to effectively use the funds authorized in the Global AIDS bill that passed last night. He will explore Uganda's successful model for fighting HIV/AIDS, the "ABC" approach: Abstain, Be faithful, or use a Condom.