“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
The HIV virus has swept through our communities causing misery, suffering and devastation. The epidemic is not over – YET. More than 5.5 million South Africans are living with HIV and although the rate of new infections is dropping 1 in 4 individuals between the ages of 15-49 are infected. In addition the Western Cape has the highest incidence of tuberculosis in the world. New strategies to prevent infection and combat these diseases are critical. We are working hard – you can help…
The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) was established in 2004 as a not for profit research centre with a base at the University of Cape Town and the aim to find solutions to these two immense health challenges. Health professionals and community workers at our sites in Gugulethu, Crossroads, Old Groote Schuur Hospital, and Masiphumelele engage with the communities most at risk to promote and improve HIV prevention methods and provide support and information to those on treatment.
Specific projects that need support: Our 25 Sizophila Counsellors support more than 40 HIV support groups and have a case load of more than 1,000 clients on treatment.
The DTHF Youth Centre in Masiphumelele offers reproductive health services and HIV testing within a comprehensive youth development programme.
The Tutu Tester mobile unit provides a wellness package of health tests and, where necessary, TB screening for those unable to access health services.
Renown for innovation and excellence the DTHF is playing a leading role nationally and internationally in turning the tide of HIV and TB. Science and the resilience and commitment of ordinary people will make these twin epidemics history. Together, let’s make it happen!
More at: www.desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za