Actress Elizabeth Taylor Donates $25,000 to South African HIV/AIDS Clinic for Purchase of Antiretroviral Drugs
Actress Elizabeth Taylor has donated $25,000 to an AIDS Healthcare Foundation clinic in South Africa, the AFP/Sunday Times reports. The funds, which were donated through the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, have been earmarked for the purchase of antiretroviral drugs for AHF Global Immunity's Ithembalabantu Clinic in Durban. AHF said that the money will allow the clinic to treat 100 patients who currently are not receiving antiretroviral drugs. Taylor previously donated $50,000 to AHF's Treatment=Life campaign, which offered drugs and HIV testing to people in Los Angeles. "I wish to thank Elizabeth Taylor for her undying support of our efforts to provide these important life-saving drugs to a population in desperate need," AHF President Michael Weinstein said, adding, "This donation puts us one step closer to providing ARV treatment to hundreds of thousands of people who desperately need it." Taylor has been an "avid campaigner" in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the 1985 AIDS-related death of actor Rock Hudson, according to AFP/Times (AFP/Sunday Times, 4/7).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.