Desmond Tutu TB Centre


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The Desmond Tutu TB Centre (www.sun.ac.za/tb) is an academic research centre of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences. It has its main offices on the Tygerberg Campus and satellite offices in various communities affected by TB and poor health.

It has as its mission the improvement of the health of vulnerable groups through influencing policy based on new knowledge created by research focusing on health, mainly TB and HIV. To achieve this, the Centre works closely with the Department of Health and the local communities. It provides training to academic and health services staff, builds capacity in the University and the Department of Health, provides service to communities and advocates for TB and health. Himself a former TB sufferer, Archbishop Desmond Tutu champions tuberculosis research and care. He is also the patron of the on-campus Tygerberg Children's Hospital.

 

DTTC News

 

Operational Research Assistance Project (ORAP)

The Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University is implementing an Operational Research Assistance Project (ORAP) in South Africa. Read more...

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY'S RORY DUNBAR GOES THE EXTRA MILE IN PARIS

Presenting research at a global conference, ramping up pavements and maneuvering around the cobbled streets of Paris…. It’s all in a day’s work for Rory Dunbar, public health specialist at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University. Read more...

THE DESMOND TUTU TB CENTRE SUPPORTS GLOBAL PLAN TO REDUCE CHILDHOOD TB DEATHS
South African researchers have thrown their weight behind the first ever global action plan specifically targeted for children with tuberculosis (TB), in the hope of bringing down the country’s extremely high childhood TB rate. Read more...


Major Study of Combination HIV Prevention Gets Underway HPTN 071 (PopART) Seeks to Reduce HIV Transmission
The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is pleased to announce the launch of the HPTN 071 study (PopART—Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy to Reduce HIV Transmission). This study is being conducted in South Africa and Zambia and will determine the impact of a combined package of several HIV prevention interventions in reducing the number of new HIV infections in communities. Read more..


"DOCTOR" TUTU GOES TO CLASS AT STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has gone some way in fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor by working side by side with medical students at Stellenbosch University. Read more...

Annual Academic Day
Congratulations to the following staff members who received awards at the Annual Academic Day. Read more...



 

2013 Knitathon Mandela Day 18th July

The Knitathon hosted by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in honour of Nelson Mandela’'s 95th birthday was a huge success. Read more...


Slipper Day 2013
The Desmond Tutu TB Centre staff supported the "Reach for a Dream", "Reach for your slippers" initiative and purchased their stickers and wore their slippers on 2 August 2013. Read more...


PEADIATRIC TEAM TEAMBUILDING
The Paediatric team had a TB Building event on Friday 02/08/2013. Staff members of all 3 Paediatric studies took part in a fun obstacle course on the rugby field. We got to see some hidden talents, and it was proven that the saying "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover" is very true. Read more...


PRINCESS STEPHANIE REACHES OUT TO THE NEEDY IN CAPE TOWN

Princess Stephanie of Monaco has proved to be a woman of her word. Last December, she was so impressed with the collaborative work of the Etafeni community centre in Nyanga and Stellenbosch University's Desmond Tutu TB Centre, that she's followed up with a generous donation and a kind letter. Read more...


Managing hearing loss in TB patients
Kayleen Jacobs, an audiologist at Brooklyn Hospital in Cape Town, presented at a recent TB Clinical Forum held at Tygerberg campus. Read more...


OPERATIONAL RESEARCH ASSISTANCE PROJECT (ORAP)
The overall goal of ORAP is to strengthen the capacity of South African professionals to conduct operational research. The programme takes the participants through the process of developing ethically approved research protocols, implementation of the research (including data management), data analysis, dissemination of results and manuscript writing. Mentorship is provided by senior staff members at the DTTC.
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Voluntary counsellor takes life-changing trip to the USA
A volunteer trauma counsellor from Cloetesville near Stellenbosch has returned home from a visit to the United States determined to help people who are HIV-positive.
Magdalene Blankenberg recently spent a week in Washington DC in the US attending a workshop to help members of the community understand the process taken by researchers in testing new drugs to treat HIV.
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Social Science Workshop –- PopART Formative Research
Cape Town – The Social Science team from the Desmond Tutu TB Centre recently hosted the team from Zambia AIDS Related TB (ZAMBART) project to discuss the formative research completed in preparation for the Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy (PopART) study.
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A warm send off to the lady of the moment
Cape Town – Magdalene Blankenberg will be heading to Washington to attend training on Community engagement and other Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy (PopART) study related training. She is leaving on the 1st of May and will be back on May 09, 2013.
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OPERATIONAL RESEARCH ASSISTANCE PROJECT (ORAP)

The overall goal of ORAP is to strengthen the capacity of South African professionals to conduct operational research. The programme takes the participants through the process of developing ethically approved research protocols, implementation of the research (including data management), data analysis, dissemination of results and manuscript writing. Mentorship is provided by senior staff members at the DTTC.
Read more...


TEAM BUILDING FOR POPART MANAGEMENT TEAM
Cape Town - The PopART Management team of Desmond Tutu TB Centre, University of Stellenbosch has attended an intensive two day team building session at Skilpadvlei Wine Farm near Stellenbosch.  This took place on the 11-12 April, 2013, filled with educational activities, fun and laughter.
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TURNING THE TIDE AGAINST TB
Cape Town marks World TB Day on March 24 with an improved cure rate for TB
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NEW WHEELS FOR PopART
TYGERBERG Campus - The Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy (PopART) team is pleased to confirm finalisation of procurement of a fleet of six new vehicles that will enable the research team to undertake its work efficiently in communities.  
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Community members singing for Archbishop Tutu

Klein Joostenberg, February 6, 2013
The PopART public randomisation event was also graced by a recorded inspirational message by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Immediately after the message was played, community members in the audience stood up and sang Siyabonga Tutu, siyabonga Tata (We thank you Tutu, we thank you Father).  This was a thank you gesture from communities to the Arch for his relentless support in the fight against diseases such as TB and HIV especially amongst the disadvantaged and vulnerable people of our country and the world. 

Click here to watch the video


A BIRTHDAY GARDEN FOR THE ARCH
 
Doctors, nurses and researchers have been digging deep for a good cause – they’re creating gardens at the Ivan Toms clinic in Mfuleni in honour of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s 81st birthday. Read more...


COMMUNITIES SELECTED FOR GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH TO REDUCE HIV TRANSMISSION

People from nine communities in the Western Cape and 12 in Zambia have been selected for various interventions in a study that ultimately aims to bring down the rate of new HIV infections in South Africa and Zambia. Read more...


DISSEMINATION MEETING
December 14, 2012 - The entire staff of Desmond Tutu TB Centre and representatives from its other strategic partners i.e. City of Cape Town Health Directorate, to mention just one, gathered together for its annual dissemination meeting at Klein Joostenberg Farm.  The objective of the meeting was to comprehensively summarise the year 2012 in as far as different studies and projects for the centre are concerned.  Also to officially thank each and every person who has contributed towards the Desmond Tutu TB Centre's achievements for the year 2012.  The event was officially opened by Professor Nulda Beyers, Director of Desmond Tutu TB Centre.  It was a jovial gathering with everyone dressed up for the event.  One of the highlights of the event was the presentation done by Karen Jennings from the City of Cape Town Health Directorate, who ably commended DTTC's contribution towards health system of the Western Cape as a province.  She also talked about how these two entities continuously work together towards achieving good health in the province.  Most staff members had more reasons to enjoy themselves as it was their last day mingling with colleagues as they were heading towards summer festivities.

PRINCESS STEPHANIE VISITS TB AND HIV PROJECTS IN CAPE TOWN
Princess Stephanie of Monaco showed a keen interest in how South Africans tackle TB and HIV as she visited community projects in Cape Town. The Princess was shown around a mobile TB and HIV counseling and testing centre set up by Stellenbosch University’s Desmond Tutu TB Centre, as well the Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust in Nyanga. Read more...


New TB vaccine study for newborns of HIV positive moms
The South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) of the University of Cape Town, along with the Desmond Tutu TB Centre of Stellenbosch University, has begun recruiting infants in a study to test a new TB vaccine, MVA85A, for newborns of HIV positive moms.

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DTTC'’s Dr Mareli Claassens wins an award
The DTTC’'s Dr Mareli Claassens has just received an HB & MJ Thom Award which amount to R75 000. This award will be used towards Dr Claassens’ Research project.  The Desmond Tutu TB Centre is excited with her achievement and sees it as a continuous positive contribution in the research world.  This follows immediately after the centre has won a prestigious Kochon award a few weeks ago.  Congratulations Dr Mareli Claassens, the DTTC is proud of you and your remarkable work.


DESMOND TUTU TB CENTRE TEAM ARRIVES HOME MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD TB

A team of researchers from the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC) at Stellenbosch University has returned from the annual International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases conference on TB and lung diseases that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, determined to make further strides in preventing and treating TB. Read more...


DESMOND TUTU TB CENTRE WINS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University has won the 2012 Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize for its groundbreaking research on childhood TB. The Centre was also honoured for pioneering community-based approaches to TB and HIV care. Read more...

YouTube video: Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks about the neglected epidemic of chldhood TB and the award to the Desmond Tutu Centre, of which he is patron, of the Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize. Click here...

» DTTC Abstracts for Union Meeting 2012
» DTTC at KL 2012

Career Development for DTTC employees

Grayson Lamore and Joyal Arendse, amongst other employees of the DTTC, Stellenbosch University, have enrolled for the PLUS program at the University of Stellenbosch for 2012.  The program commenced on the 28 May 2012 and will be completed on 12 March 2013.  It covers 9 Modules. This comprehensive Program offers a National Certificate in Business Administration upon completion and is presented by Siyathembana, facilitated by Lorinda Nel.



Honouring the Arch - Tygertalk 17 October 2012

SU congratulates Archbishop Tutu
Stellenbosch University (SU) has congratulated Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Special Award made to him by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for being an "outstanding African civil society champion". Read more...



 

 

 



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