The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is deeply saddened at the passing of our colleague Prudence Mabele, member of the RCNF international steering committee (ISC) and a prominent activist in the field of HIV and AIDS.
On 10 July 2017 Prudence passed away due to TB-related complications, at the age of 46. It is a significant loss for the activist community of South Africa, the global HIV/AIDS movement and the RCNF. We are grateful for Prudence’s contributions to the RCNF.
RCNF ISC member Kwaku Adomako states:
“On behalf of the civil society representatives on the ISC, we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Prudence Mabele. Her fierce protection of human rights, people living with HIV, and community voices will stay with us always. She had no illusions about why the fight for HIV began on the ground and needed to stay there. Just like Robert Carr, Prudence was a bold, brave and beautiful spirit that will forever remain one of our champions in this struggle for human rights and dignity. She was a remarkable representative for civil society voices around the world and we thank her for sharing her gifts with us. May she rest in paradise.”
Prudence was the Founding Executive Director of the Positive Women’s Network and a founding member of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), as well as the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS of South Africa (NAPWA) and the SWAASA Society For Women and AIDS in South Africa.
Prudence was a prominent South African activist and expert in the field of HIV and AIDS. She broke ground in 1992 when she was one of the first black women to publicly reveal her HIV-positive status in South Africa. As an advocate for people living with HIV, she played a pioneering role in a wide range of organizations – from grassroots up to Cabinet level to international level– and usually as a volunteer! Prudence was involved in so many issues that it is almost impossible to do justice to her levels of commitment.
Prudence will be missed deeply. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues.