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Linda Gail Bekker receives Desmond Tutu award for HIV research and prevention

By: stagedoorscribbler - October 22, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo by Hattie Miles

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.”