JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC), a network of more than
170 international companies committed to fighting the AIDS pandemic
released the following statement today on the death of Makgatho
Mandela, the son of Nelson Mandela:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family during this
difficult time," said Trevor Neilson, Executive Director of the GBC.
"The 172 companies that are members of our coalition hope that
Makgatho Mandela's death will serve as a catalyst for more companies
and government officials to take action against this terrible disease.
We applaud the Mandela family for their courage in publicly stating
that AIDS was the cause of Mr. Mandela's death. We can only stop AIDS
if we speak openly about its terrible impact and work together to
fight it in every way we know how."
About The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) is the pre-eminent
organization leading the business fight against HIV/AIDS. The
rapidly-expanding alliance of over 170 international companies is
dedicated to combating the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's
unique skills and expertise. The mission of the GBC is to harness the
power of the global business community to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
For more information, please visit the GBC website at
www.businessfightsaids.org, the leading global resource of company
AIDS programs and hub of information relevant to business concerned
CONTACT: The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS
Barbara Holmes, 212-698-2113
SOURCE: The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS