The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation collaborates with Zimele Project


The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation collaborates with Zimele Project
Tamutswa Mahari

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, whose HIV Centre is based at UCT, is a non-profit organisation in partnership with the Western Cape Government.

Through Closed Tender Processes in July 2016, for which it was the winning Bid, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) was chosen to implement the Zimele Project on 16 November, 2016. Zimele is the name for the overall project and Women of Worth is the research component of the project funded by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The aim of the project, as described by the DTHF, is to provide healthcare services tailored to adolescent needs, coupled with strong educational support and social empowerment. Zimele will help adolescents come to terms with key life skills and equip young women with the capacity to deal with puberty, impending adulthood and the use of education as a tool for success.

Source: Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
Amy Wilton, Program and Social Media Administrator for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation stated to Varsity Newspaper that, “We are currently setting up a crowdfunding platform where anyone can donate or volunteer their time. But we are also currently working with 4th Year MBChB Conveners for Public Health Block placements, early stage of negotiations and feasibility discussions etc. UCT staff > Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Mr. Philip Smith – UCT PhD Candidate”