MSF remembers HIV activist Prudence Mabele

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa joins family, friends and comrades in the wider HIV community in South Africa and globally, to mourn the loss of activist, Prudence Mabele.

MSF first worked alongside Prudence during the dark days of AIDS denialism in South Africa during the early 2000s to ensure people who needed life-saving access to anti-retroviral treatment were able to get it.

Prudence played a vital part in ensuring that people affected by HIV were always at the centre of the decisions that were made: especially in how HIV treatment, support and care is delivered closer to the communities and adapted to people’s lives – not the other way round. She worked tirelessly toward ensuring  people living with HIV access a range of options of how they access care, and that they are empowered and knowledgeable about their illness.


MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Prudence Mabele, HIV activist
Prudence Mabele, HIV activist. Photo: DreamMultimedia

Where everyone else was thinking of saying something- but weren’t bold enough to say it – Prudence had the ability to speak her mind and bring life, colour, and fun.

Her death is a blow and a sad reminder that the battle against HIV is far from over.  While there is broader access to life-saving drugs, millions of people today still don’t have treatment they need to survive and mortality rates remains unacceptably high.

The struggle must continue, and the memory of Prudence will live on in our actions.


Memorial Service & Funeral Notice

The Mabele family would like to thank all who have reached out with messages of condolences and support since the news of Prudence’s passing.  They would also like to take this opportunity to announce the details of the Johannesburg memorial service and funeral of their beloved daughter, HIV and gender activist Prudence Nobantu Mabele.
Memorial Service:
Date: Sunday, 16 July
Time: 12h00 for 12h30
Venue: Wits Great Hall, University of the Witwatersrand – 3 Jorissen St, Braamfontein
Date: Wednesday, 19 July
Time: 8h00
Venue: Rhema Bible Church,  Cnr Rabie & Hans Schoeman Streets, Randburg