As an all women office, we have strong feelings about issues like rape and gender based violence. When Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) asked us to design a guide for women affected by violence, we were excited to work on a publication that will help and empower women. This is a book that gives practical information for survivors and speaks directly about a sensitive subject.
In November 2012, our small group set out to take photos of women. Our challenge was to collect photos for a guide for women who have been raped or experienced gender-based violence. We spent a very special few days moving from one location to another to photograph women in the places where they live and work.
There were no teams of people, studios, lights, cars and backup. Just a small group of women working together. A key feature was that we had not worked together before – some of us had never been involved in a photoshoot before. We collected a few adhoc photographers ‘assistants’ along the way, and at one time a ‘body guard’ when the deserted area we were working in felt unsafe! It was a remarkable collaborative and co-operative few days.
January 23, 2013
This is the third issue of the NSP Review, a joint project between the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27. We are responsible for the design of the printed publication as well as the online version. It aims to monitor the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB (NSP) and increase awareness and engagement by organisations and people working in the field.
On the cover is Dr Fareed Abdullah, the new CEO of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC). SANAC has gone through substantial changes under his leadership – how will this impact actual progress in clinics and hospitals? Learn more about him and how he plans to reach the targets set by the new NSP in the in-depth interview. Continue Reading →
This edition of Equal Treatment teaches us about HIV – why it is important to know your status, what is a CD4 count, treatment and lots more. It starts with an interview of Thembisile Ferguson Madikane who has been on ARV treatment for more than 10 years. He tells about the times in 2000 when ARV treatment was not available in the public sector and he had to pay for it from his own pocket. His relationship with Ubuntu clinic in Khayelitsha where he learnt more about HIV and eventually got treatment. Thembisile developed resistance to first-line and second-line treatment regimens and is currently one of the few patients on third-line therapy. Read his full story, and find out why third line treatment isn’t yet available for everyone who needs it. Continue Reading →
Kheth’Impilo needs little introduction in the health world. It’s extensive programmes and proactive way of dealing with the HIV epidemic are reflected in their work. Their slogan says it clearly: “Choose Life for an AIDS-free Generation”. Design for development was asked to work with Kheth’Impilo on the production of their annual report.
Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign by the Treatment Action Campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to help ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality, comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life.
July 24, 2012
The Treatment Action Campaign has been fighting for the rights of HIV positive people since 1998. They educated and mobilised thousands of people living with HIV to demand treatment. They’ve achieved astounding victories, won a constitutional court case that forced government to provide treatment to HIV positive pregnant women in 2002. They fought pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of ARVs; challenged stigma and showed that you can live a full and active life with HIV.
The TAC also helped develop both the old and the new National Strategic Plans for HIV, STIs and TB. Now, after more than a decade of hard work, the future looks a bit brighter for people affected by HIV. To read more about the history of the TAC, read their inspiring book, Fighting for our Lives.
In 2009 the international community cut back on funding pledged to the Global fund. It had a big impact on ARV programmes throughout Africa and also on the TAC. The TAC’s work is far from over. There is still much work to be done in educating communities about HIV. The government’s implementation of the National Strategic Plan needs to be monitored. Continue Reading →
Merylle Cornelson is a longtime friend and colleague of Design for development. She established Kallid Creative Identity, her very own company brand, after working for many years at Dotted Line Design.
What sets Merylle apart is her strong focus on business and networking. She won the WECBOF Business Person of the year, young entrepreneur category in 2010. This she used as a stepping stone to learn more about business and entrepreneurship. Merylle now mentors other small business startups to share her knowledge.
Design for development had the pleasure and privilege of sharing offices with her for a few years and can testify to her positive and creative spirit. We asked her a few questions about life, design and the universe she inhabits.
June 19, 2012
Equal Education is a great, young organisation lobbying for better education in South Africa. And it looks like they are building up to a big 2012. They recently started the process of taking the Minister of Basic Education to court for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure. Check their website and follow the case. Continue Reading →
May 4, 2012
Roughly two years ago we developed the logo for SECTION27, a public interest law centre that uses and develops the law to advance human rights in South Africa (previously known as the Aids Law Project). We were delighted when they asked us to design and produce their first Review Document.