1 December 2012

Puppets Against Aids 25 years on

Puppets Against Aids (Photo: Giséle Wulfson)
It was twenty-five years ago today that we launched the African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme, a non-governmental organisation that started it's important work in South Africa and soon spread globally. It was twenty-four years ago today that  'World Aids Day' was initiated as 1 December, by the late-Dr Jonathan Mann, head of the WHO Aids Programme, which since become known as UNAIDS. On this same day in 1988 'Puppets Against Aids' took to the streets of Johannesburg and Cape Town for the first time, to begin their war on Aids, by using puppetry to put their message across. To find out more about this work, click here.

The photographer, who spent many years on the road traveling around Africa with us and documenting our work was Giséle Wulfson, who sadly lost her battle against lung cancer in December last year. Giséle dedicated twenty-years of her life to photographing the Aids pandemic in Africa. One year on, her partner, Mark Turpin is launching an online auction of the work of some of South Africa's foremost photographers to contribute towards a newly established grant called the Giséle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography. For more information, here's the news article or click here to get involved!

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