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Red Cross AIDS activist on Global Fund board

HIV/AIDS advocate and Southern Africa Red Cross leader, Razia Essack-Kauaria, has joined the board of the Global AIDS Fund and will represent NGOs from developing countries over a one-year period. Essack-Kauaria is a strong advocate for the rights of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and the need to address issues such as the impact of food insecurity on people living with the HI virus. In a recent press statement she said these issues and others, including access to anti-AIDS drugs and treatment support, were in critical need of backing. "One of my challenges will be to truly engage those who have the funds to support the Global Fund - and this doesn't necessarily just mean governments. If we are to seriously commit to fighting HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, then we have to involve all elements of society," Essack-Kauaria said.

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