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Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation working to eradicating township TB

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 25, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

As well as campaigning for peace and social justice Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a fervent supporter of improving public health. 

Troubled areas of South Africa have frighteningly high incidents of both HIV Foundation and tuberculosis.

Now the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation has opened a new Aerobiology TB Research Facility in the township of Masiphumelele with the aim of arresting  the spread of the disease.

The facility will study the transmission of airborne TB organisms which is poses a particular threat in areas of high poverty and inequality.

Research into organisms expelled on the breath of patients will be used to identify and control cross infection.

The chief executive and director of the Foundation Professor Robin Wood, says that poor socio-economic conditions create a massive increase in the chances the disease being transmitted between members of the population.

Opening the new research centre last month, University of Cape Town vice-chancellorProfessor Mamokgethi told guests of her hope that the new  facility would make real inroads into the  fight against TB.

“Imagine a future where we can talk about Masi as a place where TB used to be a problem,” she said.