An HIV museum might seem like a bit of a strange concept, but given that the virus has been active in the South African population for going on thirty-five years now, and that South Africa has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world, with the virus being most prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal, it’s something that makes complete sense. HIV and Aids are very much part of our recent history, and sadly, will still feature in South Africa’s future, at least for the time being.
African Voices – The Museum of HIV Memory and Learning opened in July last year, with 2015 eThekwini Living Legend, Professor Quarrisha Abdool Karim, giving the inaugural Nkosi Johnson Memorial Lecture. The opening exhibition, South African Voices, consists of a collection of artefacts, artistic, historic and photographic items that pay tribute to HIV sufferers, and to those people who have lost their lives to the disease. The exhibition looks at the social and economic impact that HIV/Aids has had on the South African population, at a macro and micro level, as well as offering educational advice to visitors to the museum.
African Voices is housed in the KwaMuhle Museum, and is open for viewing Monday to Friday from 08h00 until 15h45, and on Saturdays from 08h30 until 12h30. Entrance is free.
African Voices is a partnership between the eThekwini Municipality, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Avacarehealth.