Mandela at Khayelitsha - photo gallery
Mandela wears the HIV t-shirt! Former South African president Nelson Mandela accepted the offer of a project patient of the t-shirt - which he immediatley wore to further support the project. Just waering the t-shirt shall be an enormous help in fighting the sstigma of being HIV in South Africa. Just behind, on the left, is Zackie Achmat of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), a South African NGO.
People dancing to celebrate the arrival of Mandela to the clinic.
Mandela alongside Zackie Achmat of TAC, shaking hands with Matthew Damane (right), one of the first beneficiaries of the antiretroviral treatment programme, and Vuyelwa Vakala, an MSF staff member.
In the clinic's waiting room, Kholiswa Ramncwana is showing Mandela her pillbox where she keeps her antiretroviral drugs for the week.
Mandela talks with the child of one of the beneficiaries of the clinic's ART programme.
Eric Goemaere, MSF head of mission for the project, explains to Mandela the principles of antiretroviral treatment as well as the daily work in the clinics.
Dr Fareed Abdullah, director of HIV/AIDS programmes in the Western Cape, talks with mandela, explaining the position of the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape regarding AIDS treatment.
Eric Goemaere, MSF head of mission for the project, shows Mandela a container of generic antiretrovirals and explains that by using these generic drugs, the clinics can provide treatment at a fourth of the price it would cost if the medication were purchased at a private pharmacy.
Nosiseko Kopisani, originally from a town near Mandela's birthplace of Umtata, explains her experience of being open about AIDS and about being on antiretroviral drugs.
Babalwa Thembani, a young woman who was infected with HIV after being raped by her uncle, is on antiretroviral treatment, tells her story, and asks that Mandela work with the South African government to make treatment available to all.
Mandela, touched by Babalwa's story (see picture above), hugs her.
Mandela accepted the HIV-positive t-shirt that was offered to him by Matthew Damane on behalf of the beneficiaries from the AIDS clinics, and immediately put it on. He has his arm around Zackie Achmat, chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)