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Madiba’s grandson urges global community to offer ARVs to all living with HIV

Ndaba Mandela has appealed to UN delegates to ensure that people living with HIV can immediately access ARVs.

FILE: Nelson Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela at the family's first public address after Madiba’s death. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

NEW YORK - Ndaba Mandela has appealed to the global community to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS can immediately access antiretroviral treatment.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly during a high level meeting on ending Aids, Mandela, invoked the spirit of his grandfather, the late statesman Nelson Mandela.

Continuing the legacy of his grandfather, Ndaba spoke of his father's death in 2005 as the beginning of a national dialogue on Aids in South Africa and called on global action around the world.

"I'm here to ask you to ensure that all 37 million people living with HIV can access immediate antiretroviral treatment."

The General Assembly immediately adopted a political declaration to accelerate global action.