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Community organisations in the AIDS response

 “Just before the Covid pandemic, we were 35 networking organisations working together,” says Colin Van Wyk, the Director of Phambili, a community organisation based in the Strand, Western Cape. “Twenty-nine of these organisations have actually closed down due to lack of funding.” South Africa has come a long way since the early days of the AIDS pandemic. We now have the largest treatment programme in the world with – 5.4 million on treatment – and there are many new convenient prevention and treatment options available. Scientific advances mean that someone living with HIV, who is successfully on treatment, can…