SOURCE: The Stephen Lewis Foundation

November 19, 2015 13:57 ET

Stephen Lewis and Foundation Issue Challenge to World AIDS Funders

Media Advisory -- Press Conference

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 19, 2015) - South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has been a relentless voice of and for people living with AIDS since 1998. Arising out of South African communities at the epicenter of the pandemic, TAC has mobilized a nation, made brilliant use of the courts, applied constant and consistent pressure on decision-makers and saved millions of lives. Their work on HIV prevention, and treatment and care at the grassroots is absolutely necessary to ensure that people enter and succeed on life-saving treatment. They are leaders in civil society and community-based organizing -- the actual front line of the fight against HIV and AIDS -- across sub-Saharan Africa.

Today, TAC faces a dire financial crisis that threatens their very future as an organization. The need for their leadership is as great as it has ever been. What has changed and shifted is the attention of major global funders. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is determined to see TAC continue their life-saving work on the leading edge of the fight against HIV and AIDS.

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Foundation will make an important announcement and issue a challenge to world AIDS funders.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Where: 240 Jarvis Street, TORONTO, ONTARIO, Canada - The International Room, International Living & Learning Centre, Ryerson University, ground floor.

Who: Stephen Lewis - Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Former UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Vuyiseka Dubula - Board Member and former General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in South Africa.

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis ­- Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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