The Committee of Ten Thousand is a grass-roots, peer-led, education, advocacy and support organization for persons with HIV disease. The majority of our constituency is persons with hemophilia who contracted HIV/AIDS from tainted blood products. We work in solidarity with all communities affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. COTT advocates for disenfranchised chronic disease communities, especially those communities dependent on a safe national blood supply. We are dedicated to the belief that persons with HIV/AIDS and all chronic diseases can lead productive and healthy lives.
In the pursuit of our mission, COTT is committed to the following objectives:
To provide timely and credible HIV/AIDS treatment information.
To ensure a safe and available national blood supply through vigilant community advocacy and action.
To codify consumer/client participation at all levels of the federal medical regulatory structure, FDA, NIH, CDC, HCFA and Congress in the areas of product safety, standard of care & research, and health care financing.
To aggressively pursue resolution of economic & social justice for persons with hemophilia who were infected with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.
To be a voice of empowerment & advocacy for the hemophilia/AIDS community and other disenfranchised chronic disease communities by providing peer-led psycho/social programs rooted in personal and community empowerment.
Committee of Ten Thousand (COTT) has for 23 years been an advocate for those with hemophilia HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. In 2013 COTT continued to work in a broad collaborative effort for blood safety and informed consent in the bleeding disorder community. Our organization is a 501c3 non-profit and as per our by-laws.
We do not solicit or accept donations from pharmaceutical companies. This is to maintain our commitment to avoid conflicts of interest in our discussions and recommendations regarding the nation’s blood supply and the blood products manufactured from that source.
COTT is committed to working within the context of broad collaborative efforts and coalition building with a wide array of communities, agencies, organizations, and individuals who seek control individual over their own health care. A central theme of the COTT is the development and implementation of programmatic initiatives which illuminate an empowerment road map for the diverse communities impacted by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases/disorders. We believe that health is a right and not a privilege and seek to create a world where the health and well being of all peoples replaces profit as the priority.
Statement of Program Accomplishments
During 2013, the Committee of Ten Thousand continued to strengthen its position as the voice of the HIV, AIDS and HCV-infected hemophilia communities. Working with the American Plasma Users Coalition (A-Plus),
COTT in 2012 also renewed its relationship with the Division of Blood Disorders at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), culminating with a CDC request that COTT co-sponsor the CDC Public Health and Bleeding Disorders national conference in March of 2013.
We continue to work closely with the Blood Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. COTT was awarded In September 2013 with a contract from CDC to prepare a detailed narrative of the challenges faced by the Hemophilia community past to present and the possible ways CDC could play a role in meaningful intervention. We also continue to monitor the nation's blood supply and its regulation in our publication, "The Washington Update”
Chronic Disease Education:
Through our national headquarters in Washington DC, COTT continues to devote resources, both human and financial, to education regarding chronic disease communities such as hemophilia. COTT provides information regarding the medical, economic, and psychosocial issues faced by our community and other chronic disease communities. Although our primary constituency is the HIV/AIDS, and HCV infected hemophilia community, we continue to work cooperatively with other chronic disease advocacy organizations on a wide array of educational and advocacy initiatives and projects.
End User Advocacy:
COTT continues to work closely with the federal regulatory system for health care. COTT was the first blood products end user community to gain appointment to the two existing federal regulatory advisory committee’s addressing the safety and availability of our nation’s blood supply. As a community (hemophilia) dependent on blood products, and the hardest hit by the AIDS/blood epidemic, we remain uniquely qualified to represent the interests of the end users of blood/blood products. COTT works closely with numerous federal and state agencies to ensure the safety of the biologic products our community depends on for their health and productivity. From the Centers for Disease Control, to the Food and Drug Administration, to State departments of health, COTT ensures that the grass roots voices of the HIV/AIDS, and/or HCV infected hemophilia community are heard. We also provide ongoing education and information for Congress regarding blood safety and issues of concern for chronic disease communities.
HIV/AIDS Advocate Program:
COTT offers a national HIV/AIDS, and/or hepatitis C, peer advocacy and support program for individuals and families in the hemophilia/ bleeding disorders community. The hemophilia community was devastated by the twin blood-borne epidemics of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C during the late 1970s, and 1980s. Over 90 percent of the severe hemophilia community was infected with HIV/AIDS through tainted blood products.
In October of 2013 our President Corey Dubin and World renowned Dr. Don Francis co-authored an article in the prestigious Transfusion Magazine on the tainted blood AIDS epidemic.
Rachel Warner Scholarship Fund:
The Rachel Warner Scholarship Fund is designed to annually provide three one thousand dollar awards for higher education for young people in our community. The Rachel Warner Scholarship program is not available at the moment. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create, and look forward to re-instating the program as soon as possible.
The Murphy Fund provides a one time, five hundred dollar, awards to families in need. This program has been very successful in providing a limited safety net for families addressing HIV/AIDS in the hemophilia community.
As a national grassroots advocacy organization our work is dependent on donations from individuals and organizations who share our goals and vision for the future of the Hemophilia community. Donations can be mailed to:
Committee of Ten Thousand
PO Box 877
Santa Ynez CA 93460