The Centre for Civil Society invites you to attend the seminar Treatment Action Campaign Reaches the Knife-edge by Vuyiseka Dubula, Faith ka-Manzi and Mzamo Zondi

Date: Tuesday 18 November, 2014
Time: 12h30 – 15h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, UKZN

The lives of millions of South Africans living with HIV were spared by the tireless campaigning of the Treatment Action Campaign. Prior to TAC’s formation in 1998 and victory in acquiring generic medicines in 2004, access to anti-retrovirals were only available to the wealthy with generous medical aids. The result was a rise in life expectancy from 52 in 2004, to 62 today. With TAC facing financial crisis, it is vital to assess its role in our society’s health system and more general civil society advocacy leadership. Can the historic breakthroughs that came from AIDS activism be updated/renewed – or will TAC become a casualty of donor fatigue and newer funding whims?

Vuyiseka Dubula is the former General Secretary of TAC, and now works with Sonke Gender Justice while pursuing her doctoral studies at CCS. Earlier this year, she filmed “Our struggle is not over” as a TEDx talk at Euston. Faith ka-Manzi, a CCS staffer, has authored the “Faith’s diaries” column about AIDS treatment at The Africa Report. Mzamo Zondi is the TAC regional coordinator in Durban.

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