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Ten Major Medical and Public Health Groups Call for Release of Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor Convicted of Infecting Children with HIV

Cambridge, Mass - 03/23/2007

Ten major medical and public health associations, representing hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, and health experts, have written a letter to Libya's Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi calling for the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian physician wrongfully convicted of infecting children with the AIDS virus in a Libyan hospital. The letter is part of an international campaign to free the health workers, who have been imprisoned since February, 1999.

These groups signed the letter:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • HIV Medicine Association
  • International Human Rights Committee of American Public Health Association
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations

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