Khulani Siphile Siphuhle Training Program (KiSS-TP)

South Africa faces significant health challenges as the epicentre of the global HIV epidemic, with high rates of HIV and TB. These disease burdens are compounded by the co-occurrence of common mental disorders, particularly in the context of HIV and HIV/TB. Underlying these national-level health trends are provincial and district health inequalities resulting from the legacy…

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Visual Arts Competition 2024 — showcase your creativity and win a fantastic price

Dear DTHF Community Members and Staff, We are excited to announce the 2024 Desmond Tutu Health Foundation Visual Art Contest – a competition celebrating our 20th anniversary. This competition aims to showcase the creativity and unique perspectives of our community and staff members under the theme “Seeds of Hope”. Guidelines and eligibility The competition is…

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“Jerry was an inspiration then and remained so…”

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation expresses their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Jerry Coovadia who passed away today. Professor Coovadia, a giant in the world of paediatrics and a true champion of public health, leaves behind a legacy of compassion, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of…

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Disengage too soon and we lose all the gains we have made to date

42 years into the AIDS epidemic and we have made impressive strides in the development and dissemination of HIV treatment and preventative measures, supported largely through initiatives like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. This we celebrate and are deeply grateful for. The impact of providing access to HIV treatment and preventative pre-exposure…

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Desmond Tutu Health Foundation sets the stage for LGBTQIA+ advocacy in Central Karoo

According to Statista, homosexuality is illegal in 32 African countries. While this is not the case in South Africa, where same sex marriage and joint child adoption is legal, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersexual, Asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) community in the country still experiences high levels of systematic discrimination and societal exclusion based on their…

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Desmond Tutu Health Foundation strongly condemns signing of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2023

On 29 May 2023 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2023 into law, declaring consensual same-sex sexual activities and any “promotion” of homosexuality a punishable criminal offence. The new law incorporates penalties that include a death sentence for cases of sexual relations involving people infected with HIV, repeated offences, minors, and other vulnerable…

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Statement against the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

We, the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation and partners, strongly condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed in the Ugandan Parliament on 21 March 2023. This a gross infringement of human rights and dignity and undermines sound public health policy. As an organisation in the name of the late Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, we are particularly concerned regarding the…

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Phase 3 Mosaic-Based Investigational HIV Vaccine Study Discontinued Following Disappointing Results of Planned Data Review

HVTN researchers and ethicists say findings will help guide new approaches to HIV vaccine studies SEATTLE (Wednesday, January 18, 2023) – A Phase 3 study of an investigational HIV vaccine regimen has been discontinued following a planned, interim review by the study’s independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) on Jan. 12, 2023. The Mosaico study – also…

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