Governments, Donors Should Sustain South Africa’s TAC Organization, Others Like It
The Lancet: Appeal to global donors to save the Treatment Action Campaign
Peter Piot of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Françoise Barré-Sinoussi of Institut Pasteur; Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Salim Abdool Karim of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), and Chris Beyrer of Johns Hopkins University, on behalf of 67 signatories
“…Many activist organizations have contributed to the response to HIV but undoubtedly one of the most effective health and human rights movements has been the [Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)] in South Africa. … This is why we are alarmed to hear that TAC is facing closure, apparently due to the perception from many donors and governments that either the end of AIDS is nearing or that South Africa is a middle-income country that is not in need of donor support. Nothing could be further from the truth. Allowing the TAC (and similar organizations in other countries) to die from lack of funding will have very grave consequences. … In 2014, let us mark 10 years of antiretroviral treatment in South Africa as a moment when we were reinvigorated and as a moment when we give civil society the support they need and deserve…” (12/6).