South Africa Approves Dapivirine Ring for Women’s HIV Prevention

11 March 2022: The nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) today announced that the monthly dapivirine vaginal ring received regulatory approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) for its use by women ages 18 and older to reduce their HIV risk. This marks a major milestone that brings the first long-acting and…

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DTHF Mourns the Loss of Dr. Paul Farmer – A Champion of Global Health

American physician and anthropologist, Dr. Paul Farmer, died yesterday aged 62. Dr Farmer wad a professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founded the non-profit health organisation, Partners in Health. He passed away after an acute cardiac event while in Rwanda, where he was teaching at the University of Global Health Equity, which he helped establish. DTHC…

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Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture 2022

This annual lecture is organised in honour of the life and work of Stephen Lawn. Steve was Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and an active member of the TB Centre and worked closely with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT),…

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Men may have feet of clay- our Arch had a heart of gold.

  Much has and will be said in the next months, and rightly so, about the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s contribution to democracy, social justice, peace, reconciliation and so much more. Our recollection of this dynamo of a man- short in stature but gigantic in heart -was his sincere and enduring support of our response…

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About the TRACE Project (Transmission of COVID-19 in Crowded Environments)

The first COVID-19 case was diagnosed on March 5th, 2020. South Africa followed recommendations to employ non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as physical distancing, to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2.   Since NPIs are difficult to implement in densely populated communities, the TRACE project (Transmission of COVID-19 in Crowded Environments) was designed to understand and mitigate…

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DTHF Mourns the Loss of Dr Scott Hammer

*Please note, this press release was originally published by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network on 18 November 2021 and can be viewed here.   Scott Hammer – physician, professor, educator, advisor, giant in the field of HIV therapy and prevention – passed away on November 17, 2021. Scott was a transcendent personality in both the…

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FDA Panel Endorses Booster for All J&J Recipients

VRBPAC declined to vote on booster doses given at least 6 months from the initial dose, stating that it would be unlikely any adverse events (AEs) would arise at 6 months, but not at 2 months, and that the 6-month data presented by the sponsor was only from 17 people. FDA conducted an independent assessment…

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Combating COVID-19 anti-vaxxers: lessons from political philosophy

Let me start by addressing the philosophical dilemma of the anti-vaxxer’s “freedom to choose”. The need to maintain individual freedoms is the most important mandate of the modern liberal state. Today’s liberal democratic understanding of freedom (with acceptable restraint) was an idea first conceived over 200 years ago. In political philosophy, Jeremy Bentham’s (1789) Utilitarianism…

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