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HSH Princess Stephanie on a mission to Cape Town, South Africa

HSH Princess Stephanie was on a four-day mission to Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa from 5 to 9 December 2012, in the context of her role as Goodwill Ambassador and President of Fight Aids Monaco.

Jointly organised by the Consulate of Monaco in Cape Town and by UNAIDS, this mission led Princess Stephanie to meet executives and staff of NGOs who strive every day to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and all forms of discrimination plaguing the inhabitants of some of the country's poorest townships.

Princess Stephanie began her trip with a warm informal meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1984, at the headquarter of his foundations. Despite his age, Desmond Tutu remains, alongside the late Nelson Mandela, an emblematic figure in the fight against Apartheid and the moral voice of South Africa denouncing injustice in his own country and throughout the world.

During her stay in South Africa, Princess Stephanie visited the medical facility Health for Men in the suburb of Woodstock, the Mothers to Mothers medical centre in Khayelitsha (Cape Town's largest township, and one of the biggest in the country), the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre specialised in screening fort tuberculosis and AIDS in the Tygerberg district which goes out to meet the people, the Etafeni ("open space" in Xhosa) Community Centre which fights AIDS in the Nyanga Township and, finally, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, specialised in providing schooling assistance for the children of the Masiphumelele Township and engages in scientific research on HIV.

HSH Princess Stephanie on a mission to Cape Town, South Africa