Andrea Beal
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Andrea is a mother of three, grandmother of 6. She spent her working life as a teacher and actor. Since her retirement she has been a writer and for the past six years has been involved with working for grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa, most of that time as an Advocate. Andrea has been co-chair of the Ontario Regional Resource Group of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign twice. In that capacity, and as a member of the National Advocacy Committee’s Leadership Team, she co-ordinated the second gathering of Canadian grandmothers, GranAfriCan, in 2010. She was one of 42 Canadian grandmothers to attend the first gathering of African grandmothers in Swaziland that same year. Currently Andrea is National Co-chair of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN). The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is a volunteer-based network of grandmothers and grand-others from across Canada.

We act as a voice for Africa’s sub-Saharan grandmothers who are caring for millions of AIDS-orphaned children. Our mission is to improve their quality of life through policy change in Canada.

Right now GRAN is concentrating on reform of Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) that enables the shipment of life saving affordable generic medicines to Africa and other developing countries.

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How Grandmothers Are Helping the AIDS Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 2:19 PM

Getting to zero ought to be easy. We now know, unequivocally, that when HIV positive people are receiving appropriate levels of anti-retroviral therapy, they will not transmit the virus. Treatment as prevention: In one broad stroke we can both manage the disease in individuals, minimizing its impact on their lives,...

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