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AIDS Activist Zackie Achmat To Present Commencement Address

3 June 2010 No Comment

ZackieAchmatAs the members of the class of 2010 prepare to live out the university’s mission, they turn to one of the world’s leading agents of social change, internationally renowned AIDS activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Zackie Achmat, for inspiration on May 15. Founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the most well-known and successful AIDS activist group in South Africa, Achmat will present the keynote address at Wittenberg’s 165th Commencement Exercises.
Committed to ensuring that HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence, Achmat was named TIME magazine’s “Person of the Week” in 2001 for his leadership in the “campaign to secure treatment for South Africa’s 4.7 million HIV patients” and the “epic victory” that year “when 39 pharmaceutical companies withdrew a lawsuit to block South Africa from importing cheaper generic copies of patented AIDS drugs.” Achmat’s work, the magazine continued, raised “new hope for millions of AIDS sufferers throughout the developing world.”

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