Researchers Present at IAS 2017

The International AIDS Symposium (IAS) Conference 2017 was a wealth of cutting edge research and discussion on HIV and AIDS, and the representatives from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) were no exception. Opening the conference was our own Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, the IAS President and International Scientific Chair of IAS 2017. Bekker spoke about…

Reaching Cape Town Men and the World

It was a delight to have a two-for-one research meeting with Ndumiso Madubela and Caroline Reid. Madubela discussed his PhD research outline looking at how men in high HIV burden communities engage with their local health services. Reid discussed her master’s research in science journalism and outlined the popular science journalism process. Women bear a…

Apply for the Adolescent Health Training Program

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation invites staff of governmental & non-governmental organizations working at national, provincial & district levels to the Adolescent & Youth Health Policy Short-Course. The short course for health training takes place from the 11-15 September 2017 at The President Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The short-course will involve a five-day residential…

Community Sandwiches For Mandela Day

“It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.” This quote by Nelson Mandela encapsulates the feeling of Mandela Day. Commemorating his birthday, everyone is encouraged to celebrate by taking some action against poverty and serving the public for 67 minutes in some way. The Desmond Tutu HIV foundation took this…

Second Quarter Newsletter

Second Quarter Newsletter

IAVI #YOUTHTALK Workshop 9th/10th May 2017 For the second year, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) partnered with us to host an exciting and informative research workshop at the River Club Conference Centre. We were delighted to welcome IAVI representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda and many other local organisations. Research has shown that unless new HIV infections among…

Prudence Mabele: A Tribute

Prudence Mabele: Tribute We have lost a champion. Prudence Mabele will always be remembered for being the first black woman to openly state she is living with HIV. She became a courageous activist and was a founder member of the Treatment Action Campaign when the government of the day refused to allow the import of…

PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!

In 1982, the first case of HIV was reported in South Africa. Thereafter the unerring march of AIDS and death ravaged our communities, filled our hospital beds and cemeteries and rendered families bereft of young breadwinners, parents and children. Anti-HIV treatment, known as antiretroviral therapy was the miraculous epidemic game changer – but it was…

Heart disease and living with HIV

HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was: antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) have become so sophisticated that HIV-infected people have a normal life expectancy. However, now that HIV is a manageable, chronic disease, there is a shift in the focus of HIV research.  Jason Baker, an associate professor of medicine at the University of…