On World AIDS Day 1st December, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and the European Union Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, will visit the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) youth centre in Masiphumelele.
Commissioner Moedas and a high-level delegation from the EU are in South Africa to launch the second phase of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTPII) on Tuesday, 2 December. The EDCTP funds some of the clinical trials at the DTHF.
Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Chief of Operations at the DTHF, will speak on the progress being made at the coal face of HIV in South Africa and the impact of new research on the communities most affected, particularly youth.
As their contribution to World AIDS Day 2014 the young people are circulating a video they have made titled: “AIDS is Going to Lose”
The DTHF Youth Centre opened in 2011 offering development programmes to young people aged 12 – 22 in Masiphumelele and Ocean View in the Fish Hoek Valley. The holistic development approach includes a youth friendly clinic that offers sexual and reproductive health services.
The DTHF was established in 2004 as a Section 21 non profit organisation in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre an accredited research centre within the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, UCT. The foundation provides the flexibility to integrate research with a concerned response to the social and basic health needs of some of the poorest communities in Cape Town.
In addition, the DTHF mobile unit, the Tutu Tester will be offering free testing services outside Entrance 5 of the Old Groote Schuur Hospital from 7:00 till 8:30.
Event: World AIDS Day commemoration
Date: Monday, 1 December
Venue: Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre
Guinea Fowl Road, Sunnydale, Noordhoek
WORLD AIDS DAY EVENT – 1 December 2014
DTHF Youth Centre Masiphumelele
12h00 – 13h30: Activities for Youth
Indigenous games and fun competitions
The adolescents will be divided into teams via predetermined numbering on the ticket held. Teams will compete against each other and each team member will be encouraged to participate and contribute to their teams efforts.
13h30 – 15h30: Information Fair
- Each team will be handed a map of the fair
- The map will contain information about the fair and identify the location of all stalls and information tables
- The teams will elect a Tour Guide who will be responsible to lead their team to visit all the stalls
- At each stall there will be information available relevant to the stall’s topic (PlusPill, MACHO, WISH/HPV, Condoms , U Choose, Relationships), a task to complete and also prizes to win. The prizes consist of food, a treat or a beverage.
15h30: Arrival and welcome of VIP Guests
Professor Linda-Gail Bekker – Chief Operations Officer of the
Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
15h35: Tour of Youth Centre and stalls
16h00: MC (Khanyiselo Silo- Youth Centre Health Educator) welcomes guests, partners and speakers
16h05 –16h10: Professor Linda-Gail Bekker reflecting also cooperation with EDCTP
16h10-16h15: Remarks by Minister Naledi Pandor
16h15-16h20: Remarks by Commissioner Carlos Moedas
16h20 –16h25: Entertainment – Song/Poem (YC Youth)
Commissioner Moedas, Minister Pandor, Prof. Bekker & media personnel move to HealthZone
16h25 –16h30: Candle lighting –Wadie Dyani – respecting those affected by HIV/AIDS
16h30 – 16h35: A word from a Youth Centre partner – Living Hope
16h35 – 16h40: Youth Centre services
16h40 – 16h45: Announcement of winning Teams
16h45 – 16h50: Thank you and closing by Dante Robbertze, Manager DTHF Youth Centre
16h50 – 17h30: Tea and Refreshments for guests and youth
Issued by the Department of Science and Technology and the DTHF
For enquiries, contact Ms Lavinia Crawford-Browne (DTHF) at 072 496 9849 or David Mandaha at 072 126 8910 www.desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za