The ECF has undertaken various research projects including both Paediatric and Adult studies which has equipped the team with substantial knowledge of the requirements of clinical trials and TB awareness and knowledge.
A significant portion dealt with various aspects of Tuberculosis, ranging from Prophylaxis, treatment and managing complications of tuberculosis with HIV. There has also been a number of studies involving clinical management of HIV/AIDS and the various treatments modalities available.
The Enhancing Care Foundation (ECF) says more health services are needed for South Africa’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI) community amid concern that many remain unaware of their HIV status.
“The South African response to HIV/AIDS has mainly focused on programmes preventing heterosexual and vertical transmission of HIV. However, recent research has shown a disproportionate burden of HIV among Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender people. HIV prevalence rates of between 25.5 to 52.2% have been documented in this population with a general lack of access to confidential and appropriate LGTBI-friendly sexual health services. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published that 27.7% of transgender women tested positive for HIV infection but, alarmingly, up to 73% who tested HIV-positive were unaware of their status. We need specific tailor-made prevention packages that consider the complex and sensitive issues which these individuals face,”says the Foundation’s programme director, Dr Rosie Mngqibisa.