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Fwd: URGENT: Endorse TODAY to save Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa
Nov 28th, 2011 - 11:40:25
Please sign to save TAC! GYCA's past donors have also put us in the
same boat of imminent closure due to incredible delays, so we
understand the immediacy of the situation acutely!
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From: Julie Davids, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Subject: URGENT: Endorse TODAY to save Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa
To: joya.banerjee (at) gmail.com
Please join the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance by standing in
solidarity with South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
TAC has not only brought access to life-saving HIV treatment to one of
the world's hardest-hit nations. They have been leaders for HIV/AIDS
justice around the world.
We are seeking organizational endorsements, and they should go to
asia (at) healthgap.org.
Thanks for your work for HIV prevention justice.
Julie, Jim and everyone at the HIV PJA
Please read below and provide an organizational endorsement urgently
in solidarity with TAC.
For background on the issue please read TAC's
statement here: http://www.tac.org.za/community/node/3208
To endorse this letter simply send an e mail to asia (at) healthgap.org
with your organization's name and country.
The deadline for sign on is Tuesday November 29.
Apologies for the very tight deadline. Thanks in advance!
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
email: asia (at) healthgap.org
tel: +256 776 574 729 (Uganda)
+256 703 574 729 (Uganda)
+1 267 475 2645 (US)
Open Letter: the Global Fund and South Africa's National Department of
Health Must Take Action to Address Treatment Action Campaign's Funding
We the undersigned are civil society society groups from around the
world committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS and related social
justice movements. We have learned that the Treatment Action Campaign
(TAC) will face imminent closure in January 2012 unless it receives
R6.5 million in payment owed by the National Department of Health, as
part a five year grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) to South Africa.
TAC is an influential and effective activist movement known around the
world. In South Africa it has helped to save and better millions of
peoples lives while deepening democracy and defending and advancing
human rights. Today TAC faces a real threat of closure due to a
funding crisis that is not of its own making.
A large portion of TAC's work depends on a five year grant from the
Global Fund. TAC is one of the sub-recipients of that grant. In July
2011 TAC was scheduled to receive a R6.5 million tranche of funding
($760,000). However, the payment of the tranche to TAC--and all other
sub-recipients--continues to be delayed.
This delay is jeopardizing TAC's vital work but it is just the tip of
the iceberg--numerous other sub-recipients do vital HIV and
tuberculosis work as part of this grant, such as the HIV and
tuberculosis literacy series produced for television by Community
Media Trust, among many others.
TAC now faces an acute cash flow crisis. Unless the tranche due is
paid to TAC by the first week of January, one of the most effective
AIDS activist organisations in the world will go into an unsustainable
deficit in February 2012. This means TAC would have to retrench all
its staff and close offices at the end of January 2012.
All of TAC's essential work--from life saving HIV treatment literacy
to groundbreaking litigation in South African courts and much more--is
at risk of coming to an abrupt end if the Global Fund does not fulfil
its commitments. As a grant-funded organisation TAC cannot afford to
run a deficit, despite the fact that through the support of our other
donors TAC is otherwise solvent and spending according to agreed
budgets and work-plans.
Besides the fact that over 230 activist organisers will lose their
income, the closure of TAC would be a setback for South African
We call on the Director General, South African Department of Health,
Ms Precious Matsotso; the Global Fund Executive Director, Prof. Michel
Kazatchkine and the Global Fund Director of Country Programs, Mr Mark
Edington to urgently finalise the next tranche of funding and ensure
all sub-recipients are paid as soon as possible.
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)
(organizational endorsements list in formation)
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