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Fatima Hassan (Supplied, Fatima Hassan)
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Former Aids Law Centre lawyer, Treatment Action Campaign activist and special advisor to the health minister  who helped see a change in South Africa’s AIDS denialist policies – Fatima Hassan, says the country faces a repeat of history with the Covid-19 pandemic, and is willing to head to courts if justice does not prevail. 

Fatima Hassan, one of the many women who helped bring an end to South Africa's AIDS denialism, believes the country is set to repeat the mistakes it made then with Covid-19 if it's not careful.

Similar to her work with the AIDS Law Project for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) at the turn of the millennium, Hassan is gearing up to convince the state and the private sector – in courts if she has to – to ensure equitable access to coronavirus prevention testing, treatment and vaccines in the months ahead.

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