- Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola is the Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University
- She has been living with HIV since 2001 and has committed her life to helping HIV+ people
- For her efforts, she has been awarded the 2018 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
HIV activist Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola has been awarded the 2018 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
Dubula-Majola received the award yesterday, becoming the first South African to win it. The French Embassy in South Africa shared the news on Twitter:
Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola has been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for the year 2018. This award recognises Ms. Dubula-Majola’s lifelong commitment to helping HIV+ people, especially women. She is the first South African to receive it.
France and Germany initiated the prestigious award three years ago, polity.org.za reports. The ambassadors of the two countries jointly presented the award to Dubula-Majola.
German Ambassador Martin Schaefer praised her:
Vuyiseka’s story is important because it encourages young people to fully take charge of their own lives.
She has never given up her own personal fight with HIV, and has used the same drive to challenge industrial and political leaders to improve HIV treatment in South Africa.
The activist hails from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape, Briefly.co.za learned. She holds a MPhil in HIV Management from the University of Stellenbosch.
Dubula-Majola began her activism at the age of 22 when she tested positive for HIV in 2001. She was involved with the Treatment Action Campaign in Cape Town.
She is now the Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University.
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