Hutch in South Africa

Photos from South Africa

Miriam Bangisa, photographed in Cape Town, South Africa, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, is a traditional healer who serves on the Community Advisory Board for the HVTN’s site there. CABs serve as bridges between sites and the communities where they are located and many CABs include traditional healers, leaders whose voices are well respected by their communities.

Photo by Robert Hood

Trainers Mzamo Sidelo, left, and Malawande Luzipho, with the Sonke Gender Justice Network in the Gugulethu township, South Africa, coordinate programs aimed at helping South African men not only take financial responsibility for their families, but to also deepen the bonds within their families. They believe strong family relationships will contribute to lowering the incidence of HIV in their community.

Photo by Robert Hood

HIV vaccine trial participant Likhapha Monica Faku, photographed on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, said she volunteers so she is better equipped to educate others about the importance of developing a vaccine. “I’m so passionate about helping to find a prevention for HIV,” the 24-year-old said. “I wanted to be part of a culture that can help to find a vaccine.”


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Tshililo Michael Masutha, South Africa’s deputy minister of science and technology, participates in cutting the ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory on Oct. 23, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The opening of the lab coincided with a conference co-hosted by the HVTN and the South African Medical Research Council.

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Dr. Julie McElrath welcomes conference attendees to the opening of the Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory on Oct. 23, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The conference marked the HVTN’s first meeting outside of the United States. The network is partnering with the South African government as it moves forward on its efforts to expand HIV vaccine research in the region.

Photo by Robert Hood

The Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, welcomed more than 200 participants from countries all over the world to the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Conference on Oct. 22, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The South African Medical Research Council co-hosted the conference. HVTN is partnering with the South African government as it moves forward on its efforts to expand HIV vaccine research in the region.

Fred Hutch is known for its innovative work in fighting cancer, but has also been key in a global effort to find a vaccine to halt HIV and AIDS.

Corey urged participants not to be distracted by budget concerns and to focus their passion on the science of fighting and eventually finding an HIV vaccine.

Photo by Robert Hood

Laboratory Manager Andrew Tlagadi waits for the visiting HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) team as it tours the Aurum Institute on Oct. 21, 2013. The institute’s mobile laboratory is installed on the grounds of Tembisa Hospital in the Tembisa suburb near Pretoria, South Africa.


Photo by Robert Hood

Aurum Institute managers were interested in this laboratory solution because it can be delivered as a fully functional lab “anywhere in Africa.” Due to its modular design, the clinic can essentially bolt on more units to create as big a lab as is required. The lab can plug in to an existing power grid or be run from a generator, which is necessary to run the computers, scientific equipment and refrigeration units in the lab.

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Tlagadi explains how the lab’s refrigeration unit sends text messages to staff member if the power goes out.


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Dr. Uthestra Chetty explains to visiting HVTN site investigators some of the patient services that are offered at the Aurum Institute.


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The Aurum Institute clinic conducts HIV and tuberculosis research as well as provides some medical services for the local population.


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HVTN Associate Director of Site Operations Niles Eaton speaks with staff members of the Setshaba Research Centre during a site visit on Oct. 21, 2013.


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Manager of Recruiting and Retention Joseph Skhosana speaks about the procedures he and the staff of the Setshaba Research Centre use to maintain patient and volunteer confidentiality on Oct. 21, 2013.


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Hutch reporter Deborah Bach and photographer Robert Hood, in South Africa for the opening of the HVTN's new immunotherapy lab in Cape Town, visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg on Oct. 21, 2013.
The museum, opened in 2001, details South Africa's apartheid era, from 1948 to 1991, explaining the forces that prompted state-sanctioned racial segregation and the efforts that ultimately led to its defeat.


Photo by Deborah Bach

Entrance to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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Between 1963 and 1990, 115 people died while detained in South African prisons, and numerous other anti-apartheid activists were assassinated.


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A museum exhibit photo depicts black patients in a medical clinic during the Apartheid era.

Photo by Robert Hood

A boy attending the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa on Oct. 20, 2013, looks at a photo depicting how black men were treated at a medical clinic during the Apartheid era.

Photo by Robert Hood



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