Ambassador Barbier visits CAPRISA [fr]
On June 17 2015, HE Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa, visited the Centre for Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).
She was welcomed by Dr. Nesri Padayatchi, Deputy Director, and by Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Scientific Director. The visit took place at eThekwini Research Clinic in Durban city centre and at the main office based at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
CAPRISA presented their research activities to the Ambassador: CAPRISA undertakes globally relevant and locally responsive research that contributes to understanding HIV pathogenesis, prevention and epidemiology as well as the links between tuberculosis and AIDS care.
Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a Nobel Prize Laureate from the Institut Pasteur Paris, joined the Scientific Advisory Board of CAPRISA in April 2015.
Ambassador Barbier’s visit was an opportunity to discuss possible collaboration between CAPRISA and French Institutions, notably with the Institut Pasteur.
- (L-R): Dr Carl Montague Chief Operations Officer CAPRISA, Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim Associate Scientific Director CAPRISA, Dr Philippe Tabard, Regional Consellor for Health Cooperation French Embassy and Dr Nesri Padayatchi Deputy Director CAPRISA. Courtesy of CAPRISA.
France is very committed to the fight against HIV/aids and tuberculosis. France is the second largest contributor to the Global Fund with 360 million euros per year. Since 2003, the Global Fund supported South Africa HIV and TB control programmes with more than 600 million USD. This represents a French contribution to South Africa of approximately 7,5 million USD per year.
France is also very active nationally and internationally on HIV and TB research through the French National Agency for Aids Research (ANRS). The ARNS is currently co-financing the Treatment as Prevention (TasP) research project based at the Africa Centre in rural Kwazulu-Natal.