People from all over South Africa celebrated the life of a 20-year-old activist who died on Monday from health complications. This young woman stole many hearts when she initiated a social media campaign to inspire more people to become organ donors.
HIV still carries a huge stigma, despite the many years it has been around and the masses of education undertaken by the public and private sectors. For the second year, Change the Stigma is seeking Positive Heroes to work to change the way people perceive those who are HIV-positive.
Drug makers are fighting attempts to change the patent laws in South Africa that would allow cheaper generics on to the market – life-saving medication to treat life-threatening diseases. There is precedent for the country, however, in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court over the patent for cancer drug Gleevec.