On the evening of 8 November 2007, about 5,000 people marched through the streets of Cape Town at the onset of the 38th Annual Union World Conference on Lung Health to demand better TB education, prevention, treatments and cures. A global call was handed over to the organisers of the conference. The march was a joint initiative of the Treatment Action Campaign and the AIDS & Rights Alliance of Southern Africa.
New England Journal of Medicine;Volume 353:2325-2334;December 1, 2005; Number 22
Patrice Severe, M.D., Paul Leger, M.D., Macarthur Charles, M.D., Ph.D., Francine Noel, M.D., Gerry Bonhomme, M.D., Gyrlande Bois, M.D., Erik George, M.D., Stefan Kenel-Pierre, B.S., Peter F. Wright, M.D., Roy Gulick, M.D., Warren D. Johnson, Jr., M.D., Jean William Pape, M.D., and Daniel W. Fitzgerald, M.D.
Background: The one-year survival rate of adults and children with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), without antiretroviral therapy, has been about 30 percent in Haiti. Antiretroviral therapy has recently become available in Haiti and in other developing countries. Data on the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy in developing countries are limited. High rates of coinfection with tropical diseases and tuberculosis, along with malnutrition and limited laboratory monitoring of therapy, may decrease the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy in these countries.
At a press conference in Johannesburg this morning, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer and South African singer, Ringo Madlingozi, joined the Treatment Action Campaign in making a call for all people in South Africa and internationally to work together to prevent new HIV infections and ensure treatment for people with AIDS. They supported TAC’s call for actions of solidarity by the influential and successful with the poor and marginalised.
Madlingozi talked about his mission as a musician to “create music that will heal” and pledged that one track on his coming album would be dedicated to the TAC and its community work. He called on young women to protect themselves from HIV by carrying condoms and ensuring that they are not forced into sexual relationships.
Gordimer reported that her book “Telling Tales”, a collection of short stories by internationally acclaimed writers, including 5 Nobel Laureates, was now available in 16 different languages. The book is making no profit for the authors or publishers and all royalties are being donated to the Treatment Action Campaign. Gordimer handed