Africa

346. People’s Health Movement, Cape Town, South Africa

The People’s Health Movement (SA) (PHM-SA) is the South African Chapter of a global network of grassroots activists, civil society organizations and academics, predominantly from low and middle income countries. Launched in Bangladesh in 2000, PHM has a presence in 70 countries. PHM’s vision is that of a world in which equity, ecological sustainability and peace are at the heart of development, where a healthy life for all is a reality and where respect for diversity enables the flowering of everyone’s potential, such that people’s voices guide the decisions that shape our lives. PHM affirms health as a social, economic and political issue and, above all, as a fundamental human right, which includes universal access to excellent and equitable health services, but also to the social determinants of health requiring concerted inter-sectoral state action.... Read more about 346. People’s Health Movement, Cape Town, South Africa

216. Africa Health Research Institute, Ndhlovu lab, Durban, South Africa

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is a multidisciplinary Research Institute that focuses on fundamental research aimed at improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis (TB). The Ndhlovu lab focuses on HIV cure research. South Africa is home to the largest HIV epidemic and the largest treatment program in the world. A cure approach which leads to temporary or permanent HIV remission should therefore be investigated in South Africa.  A major barrier to HIV cure is the failure of the current HIV drugs to clear the virus and restore immune function particularly in tissue sanctuary sites such as lymph nodes. The Ndhlovu lab uses excisional lymph node samples obtained from HIV infected individuals to identify microanatomical niches where HIV persists during therapy. These studies will lead to novel strategies of enhancing tissue resident immune responses to facilitate elimination of cryptic HIV infection in tissue sanctuary sites. The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is affiliated with the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. ... Read more about 216. Africa Health Research Institute, Ndhlovu lab, Durban, South Africa

345. mothers2mothers, Cape Town, South Africa

mothers2mothers (m2m) is an international NGO headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and works across eight African nations. m2m employs and trains HIV-positive women as “Mentor Mothers”, frontline healthcare workers who deliver health services, advice, and support to women and their families in understaffed health facilities and door-to-door in local communities. We started with a focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and today have evolved our peer-based model to deliver benefits at all stages of life—from pregnancy and birth and beyond to a child's early years and adolescence. Our approach unlocks the potential of women to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy families, while providing employment and empowerment opportunities in underprivileged communities.... Read more about 345. mothers2mothers, Cape Town, South Africa

212. Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa

Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) is one of Africa’s leading research centres, situated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital—known locally as ‘Bara’—in Soweto, Johannesburg. PHRU is affiliated with University of the Witwatersrand and engages in research, training, policy-formulation and advocacy concerning HIV-positive people and their children.

Specifically, PHRU conducts adult, paediatric and adolescent HIV treatment research, HIV prevention research and investigations into tuberculosis and other HIV co-infections. In addition to the numerous pharmaceutical and publicly-funded clinical trials PHRU continues to carry out, the unit also conducts important behavioural and social science research, advocates for research access and provides needed care to the people of Soweto.... Read more about 212. Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa

304. EarthEnable, Nyamata, Rwanda

EarthEnable is a social enterprise that is transforming the way people live, by making homes healthier for families across rural Rwanda and Uganda. 75% of Rwandans and 65% of Ugandans live in homes with dirt floors that are dusty, unsanitary, and fertile breeding grounds for parasites and germs. While replacing a dirt floor with concrete has significant health benefits (e.g. reducing diarrhea by 50% and parasitic infections by 80%), concrete is unaffordable for many who need it.... Read more about 304. EarthEnable, Nyamata, Rwanda

210. Kwon Lab, Durban, South Africa

The Kwon Laboratory is focused on applying new technologies to the study of immune responses against HIV at mucosal surfaces. Our group in South Africa performs translational research utilizing patient samples from the well-characterized FRESH (Females Rising through Education, Support, and Health) cohort to better understand viral, metagenomic, and adaptive immune factors important for HIV immunity and pathogenesis in the female genital tract. ... Read more about 210. Kwon Lab, Durban, South Africa

316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

The Touch Foundation is a secular non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening their health system across the different levels of care, from tertiary hospital down to village-level facilities. We expand our impact across Tanzania by sharing our on-the-ground experience and acquired knowledge with the local and international public health community.... Read more about 316. The Touch Foundation, Mwanza, Tanzania

320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new university based in Rwanda that is training the next generation of global health professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers, veterinarians, and public health and policy experts, to be leaders and changemakers who strive to deliver equitable, quality health services for all. An initiative of Partners In Health (PIH) led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent, accredited university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities. ... Read more about 320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda