Medical students campaign for Jubilee 2000
- By: Sarah Finer
UK medical students are being given the opportunity to join with health professionals in support of the Jubilee campaign for cancellation of the unpayable debts of the world's poorest countries. In the run-up to the G8 Summit in Okinawa, Japan, in July, MedSIN is collaborating with Medact and the British Medical Association in an event to celebrate the millennial year.
Thousands of medical students, doctors, and nurses are being asked to sign patient identification wristbands to form a long chain that will be presented to the prime minister. Postcards will also be sent to the Japanese government, asking for debt relief to be on the agenda when leaders of the world's richest nations meet for the G8 Summit.
Already, 17 million people worldwide have signed Jubilee 2000 petitions, including the Dalai Lama, the Pope, U2's Bono, and Luciano Pavarotti. The campaign has been famous for mobilising tens of thousands of