World AIDS Day event on 1st December 2009 at 11:00 – 13:00

Freshly Ground group outside Tutu tester at Masiphumelele

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is a public benefit organisation doing research and service provision, in the field of TB and HIV/AIDS. It has a site based at Masiphumelele (Cape Town, South Africa) that is serving predominantly the Masiphumelele community.

Our work currently focuses on HIV prevention research and strategies in the Community. This includes community education and awareness around prevention strategies which include Vaccines, microbicides and PreExposure prophylaxis.

The 1st December is World AIDS Day which we will be observing through an event aimed at making women aware of HIV prevention options that they have as well as ongoing research for an alternative HIV prevention method for women.

I will also be recognising women who have been attending ongoing Women’s Health discussions groups on issues affecting women such as Domestic Violence, Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, Family Planning and general Women’s Health topics i.e. pap smears (doctors and other experts are invited to answer questions from the participating women). The discussion groups are open to all women from Masiphumelele community in Cape Town every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The event will commence with March starting at 11:00am from the entrance of Masiphumelele around the community into Masiphumelele Community Hall (12:00) where various activities will take place. Due to the people we are targeting the programme will be conducted in IsiXhosa as the dominant language within Masiphumelele.

Tutu tester

Ps. our mobile Tutu tester will be outside the hall for voluntary counseling and testing.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reacts in front of the 'Tutu Tester' mobile unit before being tested for HIV in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday Oct. 22, 2009.

Yours in community work,
Sipho January
+2774 495 2022

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