Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
23 June 2010

MSF Soccer game for HIV awareness

9 days left!

HALFTIME – A SOCCER MATCH WITH A GOAL

Dear Friend,

The eyes of the world are fixed on South Africa and we are sure you have felt the anticipation and excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup since the kick-off last week. Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has decided to take this opportunity to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis facing over 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

MSF South Africa invites you to join us in HalfTime, a soccer match with a goal!

On 2 July 2010, in Johannesburg people living with HIV and MSF staff from several countries in Southern Africa are coming together to play a special soccer match against HIV/AIDS. This will take the form of a one day 5-a-side tournament that seeks to show that Halftime is no time to quit funding for anti-retroviral drugs.

Why HalfTime?

Think of the battle against HIV/AIDS as a deciding football match played between people living with HIV and the HIV virus itself…

The scores are tied in a draw at 1 all. HIV can still win the match if the funding for life saving ARV’s, which will help people to stay well enough to play the second half of the game of life, is stopped.

MSF provides antiretroviral treatment to over 140,000 people in 30 countries around the world and in the last 18 months we have observed international donors after years of commitment now capping, reducing or withdrawing their funding for antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). Our programmes are having to cut back on the number of people they put on ARV’s . This may mean that millions of people are at risk of dying unnecessarily.

Visit our new blog Extra-Time which presents an alternative view on World Cup from the perspective of HIV/Aids people and MSF field workers.

The MSF coach is working on the match tactics, so remember to keep an eye out for the next email on 29 June which will reveal the strategy for this deciding game!

Best regards,

Liz Thompson
General Director
MSF South Africa
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