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TAC to launch massive fundraising campaign

The organisation says donor funding cuts have forced it to reduce staff and cut programming.

The TAC says complacency around Aids has caused donor priorities to change, resulting in a lack of funding for the organisation. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Treatment Action Campaign says it will launch a massive global fundraising campaign in the next few months to avoid closure.

The TAC says complacency around Aids has caused donor priorities to change, resulting in a lack of funding for the organisation.

The organisation, once dubbed the world's beacon of HIV activism by the United Nations, says donor funding cuts have forced it to reduce staff and cut programming at least twice in recent years.

It says although it's won the battle to make sure those living with HIV/Aids have access to antiretrovirals, its mandate now is to make those living with the virus adhere to their treatment plans.

The organisation's Mark Heywood says they are now facing brand new problems.

"Anybody who thinks the challenges of HIV are finished is wrong."

The TAC says although South Africa has made positive strides in managing the HIV and Aids epidemic, a vigilant and effective civil society is still needed.