TAC Draws Attention to Challenges Faced by PWAs

TAC marches to official World AIDS Day event to draw attention to the real challenges faced by PWAs

Over 1 000 Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members marched to the official World AIDS Day event in Piet Retief today (1 December 2014) to draw attention to the real challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs) in the province, specifically critical drug stock-outs and a collapsing public health system.
 
Following two attempts to meet with Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, failed, TAC has made it clear that it will not participate in the official event, the organisation is currently holding a vigil with PWAs outside the stadium until the event finishes in the hope of a brief audience with the Deputy President.
 
The organisation states that: “We are tired of expensive World AIDS Day events that bring a circus to a heavily affected area for one day and leaves with the realities for PWAs unaddressed. This is not the way to remember people with HIV who have died in the struggle to get South Africa to the position to where we standing in relation to the HIV epidemic today. TAC respects the Deputy President and Minister of Health and their commitment, but we also say enough is enough and PWAs are still dying in great numbers.”
 
To read the article titled, “Nothing to celebrate on World AIDS Day in Mpumalanga,” click here.

Source: 
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