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In addition, Reverend Mpho Tutu had been the chairperson of the board of the Global AIDS Alliance. GAA has played a major role in combating global HIV/AIDS at the local, national and global level; it has shaped the policy and debates on PEPFAR, the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world; establishing and administering CEPA, an organization in sub-Saharan Africa; and Zero Tolerance Against Violence for Women and Girls. Although GAA had closed down in 2010, their message and aid has been spread far and wide already.
Naomi Nontombi Tutu founded the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa, based in Hartford, Connecticut. This organization provided support and scholarships to South African refugees throughout the countries of Africa. She attended the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky and has followed in her father's footsteps pursuing a career as human rights activist. She is currently a program coordinator for the Race Relations Institute Fisk University, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Global AIDS Alliance: Desmond Tutu served as honorary chair of the Advisory Council. The GAA played a major role in combating HIV/AIDS, but closed on April 30, 2010, due financial struggles.
Desmond Tutu TB Centre: The DTTC has the mission to improve the health of vulnerable groups by “influencing policy based on new knowledge created by research focusing on health, mainly TB and HIV.” Desmond Tutu, a former TB sufferer himself, advocates tuberculosis care and research. Archbishop Tutu has shown support for the push against childhood TB by joining doctors and researchers bike riding in the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour.
Desmond Tutu Peace Centre: The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre was co-founded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Mrs. Leah Tutu. With a strong clear vision of a world committed to peace, the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre seeks to provide service to the people of South Africa, Africa, and worldwide by the following statement:
“We aim to create and maintain a Peace Centre that will deliver programmes that promote conflict resolution, restore social justice to marginalised people and inspire leaders to be responsible and committed to the people they serve. We further the understanding that peace will flow out of justice and that there is essential good in everyone.”
Desmond Tutu campaigned not only for human rights, but also for environmental rights and health problems. He especially supported the containment of tuberculosis and HIV.
Why did Archbishop Tutu catch our attention? This was because of his outstanding leadership. He was extremely vocal, and protested peacefully. He was not afraid to speak up for what he believed was right, and did not fear the opinions of people and groups in power. He even dared to criticize the United Nations for supporting Indonesia in conquering West Papua, for he considered this another act of oppression -- which he had fought so hard against in South Africa. Desmond Tutu proves that not all reforms must be violent, and through devotion to one’s cause, people will hear you.
~Clare Zhou, Jacquelyn Ho, and Linda Qin
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