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Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS Statement on the Death of Makgatho Mandela

January 6, 2005
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, the leading global resource of company AIDS programs and hub of information relevant to business concerned about AIDS.

CONTACT: The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Barbara Holmes, 212-698-2113

SOURCE: The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS