Who we are


The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) developed from the HIV Research Unit at New Somerset Hospital in the early 1990's. The Unit was acclaimed as one of the first public clinics to offer antiretroviral therapy to those living with HIV.

In January 2004 the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation was registered as a Section 21 non profit organisation situated in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Supported by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu, the Foundation's activities include HIV prevention, treatment, and training as well as tuberculosis screening and management among some of the most vulnerable communities of the Western Cape.

The work is underpinned by innovative academic research undertaken by the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (DTHC). The Centre, based at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, operates symbiotically with the Foundation's local field sites in the Nyanga area of Cape Town and Masiphumelele, Noordhoek.

Pairing community-driven development and internationally acclaimed research, the DTHF envisions a brighter future where HIV is manageable and its presence diminished in South Africa's communities