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Overview

A scaled and fully mobile replica of an informal home very commonly found in South Africa and poverty stricken areas the world over was created to act as a gallery space for photographs and stories that chronicle lifestyle and living conditions that contribute to the growth of tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa. This exhibition proved to be very successful as an advocacy campaign as it was a medium that could bring the realities of living conditions to those who would normally never visit a township or slum.

Most of the Shack exhibitions were held at international conferences and parliament where policy and decision makers were gathering to discuss issues related to health and poverty. Its ultimate success occurred in Parliament House Canberra, Australia where it collaborated with the poverty alleviation group RESULTS and succeeded in convincing the Australian government to drop the $75 million debt owed to Australia by Indonesia on condition that $37.5 million was spent on public health through the Global Fund to Stop TB, HIV and Malaria.

The Shack won the support of his Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was also visited by Deputy President of South Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Executive Director of UNAIDS Dr Peter Poit; and Dr Hiroshi Nakajima – Director General of World Health Organization

 

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