The Anova Institute joins the AIDS advocacy community in expressing our shock and sadness on the untimely death of Prudence Mabele.
Prudence was a force of nature. As one of the first women in South Africa to openly declare her HIV status, she faced stigma and discrimination, but was undeterred in her fight for treatment access, gender equality and women’s rights. As a vocal and passionate supporter of HIV research, she became a powerful community voice in South Africa and internationally.
We are all poorer for her passing and send our deep condolences to her family, friends and colleagues in the activist community. May we continue to be inspired by her memory to work harder in the fight against AIDS.
Prudence passed away from pneumonia on Monday night, 10 July, at the age of 46.