The Isisombululo ("solution") Programme is a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programme centred in the Eden District of the Western Cape, bringing together two of the premier institutions in HIV/AIDS research and program implementation, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).           

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The IDM houses the Cape Town Component of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). ICGEB is an Inter-Governmental organisation whose mandate is scientific research and training in the fields of genetic engineering and biotechnology, with special attention to the needs of developing countries, and the development of procedures aimed at the safe use of biotechnology and its products.

Partnerships with IDM exist through shared facilities, research collaborations and facilitation of cooperation, liaison and the exchange of information.


The CPGR is a specialist not-for-profit contract research organisation established to provide support and services to the life science and biotech community. The organization combines state-of-the-art information-rich genomic and proteomic ('omics') technologies with bio-computational pipelines to create unique solutions for biological problems. Based on an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and funded as a national platform, through the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the CPGR's broad mandate is to support both academic and commercial research to boost the development of a thriving bio-economy in South Africa. With focus areas in molecular medicine, drug discovery, agribiotech and biomarker discovery, the CPGR's main laboratory, housed within the IDM, is well placed to support the academic endeavours of the members of the Institute, enjoying wide support from the broader academic community. The CPGR contributes to the successes of the IDM through collaborative research projects, student training and human capital development programmes.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is run in association with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. The Foundation operates community sites in greater Cape Town's Nyanga and Masiphumelele districts.

Fusing a unique combination of academic expertise and social activism, the Foundation is involved in a number of initiatives including:

  • The provision of antiretroviral therapy

  • Operating a free mobile HIV testing unit

  • Studies into adherence strategies, adherence monitoring, and HIV's interaction with tuberculosis

  • The training and guidance of health care professionals

  • Preparing communities for HIV vaccine clinical trials

  • Providing adolescent HIV prevention and improving women health

All of the Foundation's activities are underpinned by research and evaluation. We aim to impact policy and practice both nationally and internationally through relevant research, peer reviewed publications, and feedback to government, civil society, and the community at large.

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