The Tugela Ferry Care and Research Collaboration (TF CARES) is an international non-governmental organization committed to improving prevention, care, and treatment for adults and children with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis through clinical care, research and capacity building in Tugela Ferry, South Africa. TF CARES collaborating partners include Yale University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Philanjalo NGO, and the South African Department of Health.
- Philanjalo, is a local South African NGO providing health services, including home-based and inpatient HIV and TB prevention, treatment, and care. During the past decade, with the assistance of TF CARES and partners, an estimated 20,000 community members have been started on and received antiretroviral therapy.
- The KwaZuluNatal Department of Health 350 bed Church of Scotland District Hospital is the focus of much work by TF CARES and our partners . Sixteen (16) Department of Health (DOH) nurse-managed community primary care clinics, and 1 large Community Health Centre (CHC) are spread widely through the area and refer patients to the hospital.
- Yale University School of Medicine, through the AIDS Program, has provided technical assistance and resources for the efforts of TF CARES and our partners defining and confronting the convergent epidemics of HIV, TB and drug resistant TB.
- University of KwaZuluNatal has provided support and laboratory and clinical expertise in combatting the combined epidemics.
Our work, and that of our partners, in Tugela Ferry has been supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the National Institutes of Health, US CDC, USAID, Fogarty International Clinical Research Center, KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), Irene Diamond Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Gilead Foundation, Patterson Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund and individual donors and volunteers.
With the goal of improving community and patient health through the use of compassionate patient-focused and community oriented research and capacity building, TF CARES and our partners have made important contributions in such areas as HIV/TB integration, infection control, and accelerated use of new diagnostic tools and community-based treatment, for both HIV and TB.