Linda Gail Bekker receives Desmond Tutu award for HIV research and prevention
International HIV researcher Linda Gail Bekker has received the Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research & Human Rights.
The prestigious award was given at the HIV Research for Prevention Conference in Madrid last week. It recognised Bekker’s leadership in the field of studies in developing new methods of HIV prevention.
The award is named in honour of Desmond Tutu, recognising his position as a leading global advocates for HIV prevention. It is presented every two years to an individual or organisation whose work in the field is considered outstanding.
Zimbabwean born Bekker, is a former president of the International Aids Society and has operated several clinics in the townships of Cape Town. She is also a professor of medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Her methods of care are aimed at saving lives and helping to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination over HIV in South Africa.
Conference co-chair Mike Chirenje said Bekker as a “tireless and innovative leader of efforts to ensure effective HIV prevention for all.”