Posts Categorized: South Africa

#Girlpower shines on the International Day of the Girl Child

Girls and young women are the future of tomorrow. Despite the incalculable obstacles they often face in daily life, such as discrimination, abuse and discouragement from pursuing their dreams, many find the strength to persevere and succeed. To celebrate and empower girls and young women to embrace their aspirations and take charge of their health,…

AHF Remembers a Courageous Advocate from South Africa

South Africa and the entire HIV/AIDS community lost a dear friend, steadfast leader and advocate with the recent passing of Prudence Mabele. Since discovering her HIV positive status in 1991, Prudence has been a fighter for women’s rights and access to HIV treatment. She was among the first black women in South Africa to speak…

Fighters and Survivors Speak Out: Girl Empowerment Sparks an Emotional Conversation

Attendees were so keen to participate in the “Keeping the Promise to Empower Girls” panel at the South Africa AIDS Conference, they left standing room only.  The outpouring of enthusiasm pleasantly surprised AHF staff, who helped organize the event in Durban on June 14. “It was emotional, engaging, touching and highly educative! Indeed, this was…

The Lancet Book Review: “Anyone Can Absolutely Change The World”

The Lancet, one of the oldest and best known medical journals in the world, recently published in its June issue a book review (PDF) of Righteous Rebels, the story of AHF’s bold history of activism.  Written by award-winning journalist Patrick Range McDonald, Righteous Rebels chronicles AHF’s unlikely rise from a feisty grassroots organization during the 1980s AIDS crisis in Los Angeles…

AHF South Africa Raised Awareness of the Dangers of Backstreet Abortions

On Thursday September 29th, AHF Southern Africa joined the Department of Health in Isipingo to raise awareness of the dangers of backstreet abortions, and called on police to clamp down on illegal abortionists.   KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Health Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, who stopped regularly to remove illegal abortion adverts from…

AHF Documentary “The People’s Hope” Celebrates 15 Years of AIDS Treatment in South Africa

AHF held a panel discussion and screening of The People’s Hope, a documentary about the establishment of AHF’s Ithembalabantu Clinic in South Africa, at the Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles on May 17th.   The documentary chronicles AHF’s battles with the South African government and pharmaceutical companies in its campaign to provide affordable medicine for…

AHF South Africa Expands in the Eastern Cape

Since opening in 2007, the AHF-supported clinic in Middledrift, a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, has seen a steady rise in the number of patients. Today, the cumulative number of AHF patients in the town is well over 2,000. To prevent overcrowding, after several years of planning and construction, a brand-new…

15 Years of Saving Lives in South Africa

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) celebrated 15 years of saving lives at its flagship clinic in Durban, South Africa on April 16. With the hindsight of a decade and a half, it’s clear there could have been no better name than “Ithembalabantu,” which means “People’s Hope” in Zulu, for the clinic that started AHF’s global program….