“Many people in developing countries, still today, do not have equitable access to essential medicines across all diseases, not just HIV”
“We got here because people living with HIV stood up and revolted. We'll take the same approach to address inequalities today.”
Vuyiseka Dubula has been involved with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in South Africa in multiple roles since 2001, including eight years more recently as its General Secretary (Executive Director). Dr Dubula joined Sonke Gender Justice as Director of its policy and accountability unit in 2014 and became Director of programmes in 2017. She is now the Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also has experience in academic postgraduate teaching and student supervision from her lecturing role on social aspects of HIV/AIDS at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has openly lived with HIV for almost two decades and has been a leader of people living with HIV by serving on the South African National AIDS Council. Dr Dubula was a founder of the Activist Centre for Education & Development in 2009; it facilitates access to higher education for women living with HIV and creates platforms for community activist leaders, particularly women, to reflect, write and record their stories.
Dr Dubula has received various awards, including the Global Leadership Award from Acacia Global (2015) and the John Lloyd Foundation Leadership Award (2010), and being recognized by the University of Oslo as a “courageous leader” (2004).
In 2021, she was awarded a PhD for her work titled “Too Poor to be Treated: Bottom-up Advocacy by HIV-Positive Activists in Khayelitsha and Lusikisiki South Africa.”