11 Jul 2017

GNP+ mourns the loss of Prudence Mabele, a leading light in the HIV movement.

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is mourning the death of Prudence Mabele, who passed away earlier this week. Prudence was a trailblazer, a strong, fierce, and beloved activist and mentor to many people living with HIV and those in the HIV/AIDS and TB human rights movements. As one of the first black women in South Africa during the apartheid regime to be open about her HIV status, she gave courage to people living with HIV worldwide for more than 25 years and through her constant engagement in the struggle to make decent services and HIV treatment accessible for everyone who needed it.

Prudence was the founder of the Positive Women’s Network and one of the founding members of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS of South Africa (NAPWA). Last year, Prudence worked tirelessly with GNP+ as the National co-chair of the LIVING 2016: the Positive Leadership Summit, a pre-conference to the International AIDS Conference, created by and for people living with HIV to build skills, share knowledge, and develop shared advocacy strategies. Prudence devoted her time to the pre-conference and following her commitment she worked to motivate others to give “a voice to people living with HIV”.

GNP+ honours the incredible legacy left by Prudence Mabele and extends our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Prudence’s family, colleagues, friends and loved ones.

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