our vision

To lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on individuals, families and communities through innovation and our passion for humanity.

our mission

The pursuit of excellence in research, treatment and prevention of HIV and related infections in South Africa.

our patron

Bearing the name of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is a constant reminder that our work is in the service of our beneficiaries.

We thank him for his support and commitment to the people of our country.

“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

About Us

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF) is a registered non-profit company established in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, an accredited research centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Bridging rigorous academic research with community development programmes, the DTHF collaborates to find innovative solutions in the prevention and treatment of HIV, TB and related infections. Well-connected to international research networks, the DTHF is an influential stakeholder in the global HIV arena.

From small beginnings in the 1990s as the HIV Research Unit at Somerset Hospital under the directorship of Professor Robin Wood, the DTHF was subsequently established in 2004. The HIV Research Unit was the first public clinic in South Africa to offer antiretroviral therapy to those living with HIV.

We have a robust policy in support of equity, diversity and inclusion. The DTHF is also conscious of the environmental impact of our operations and we aim to run our business in a manner that respects the environment.

our values