Urgent: South African Treatment Activists Need Assistance
June 23, 2000
South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which does excellent work for access to HIV treatment in South Africa and elsewhere and does not accept funding from pharmaceutical companies or the South African government, needs donations to help its organizing around the World AIDS Conference in Durban in early July. You can send tax-exempt contributions to Boston, and 100% of the money will be forwarded to TAC. AIDS TREATMENT NEWS has contributed, and we urge others to do so as well.
TAC has been formally endorsed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), with nearly two million members, and has won an award from the South African National NGO Coalition for its advocacy. Judge Edwin Cameron, who is well known internationally for his AIDS work, described TAC as having "given a life-enhancing focus to the PWA movement [in South Africa]. For four million South Africans living with HIV who have no present access to treatment, the TAC has offered a focus for their activism, a channel for their energy, and an outlet for well-justified anger about the awesome spread of HIV infection."
Tax-exempt donations for TAC can be made through:
South Africa Development Fund
Make checks payable to South Africa Development Fund and indicate the funds are for TAC. 100% of the donation will go to TAC.
Copyright 2000 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.
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