The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) has supported 15 young women and transgender activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) to attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 (IAC) in Amsterdam from 23 – 27 July 2018 with the theme focusing on “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”.

In 2018 TAC turns 20, and OSF-SA turns 25.

The TAC remains one of South Africa’s long standing and key social movements that work on advancing the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and in its two-decade long work, have been instrumental in challenging inter alia state denialism, medicine pricing and patents, and equitable access to health care whilst advancing women leadership and global solidarity networks.

According to the TAC: “…we are excited to have a presence at the AIDS conference by way of our formidable activists who have faced challenges in every aspect of public healthcare and have fought tirelessly for our fellow South Africans who are living with HIV/AIDS. We have made history in South Africa, in our twenty years thus far, and we are happy to present the evolution of the Treatment Action Campaign to our international comrades…”.

TAC activists OSF-SA

TAC activists at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, July 2018