The Cape Town-based Desmond Tutu TB Centre has won a prestigious global accolade for its work, a welcome nod of approval for those working to help reduce infections of the lung disease among children in South Africa and the rest of the developing world.
• TB diagnosis breakthrough
A South African team of researchers will soon lead a major follow-up clinical trial to confirm the effectiveness and safety of tenofovir gel, an antiretroviral microbicide, which has been proven to reduce HIV infection in women.
• Major HIV prevention breakthrough
South African researchers have genetically engineered a strain of bacteria to produce large and affordable quantities of a novel and highly effective treatment for HIV.
After years of disappointments, South African Aids researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
A team of researchers from South Africa, Israel and Canada, led by Canadian anthropologist Professor Michael Chazan, has found artefacts, thought to be at least 2-million years old, in a cave in the Northern Cape.