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Engaging and Educating the Community: World TB Day awareness

Compiled by Shrivani Padayachee and Suraksha Chirunt THINKers from the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) in Hillcrest, South Africa, have been visiting and building relationships with Department of Health facilities as part of the TB ALLIANCE NC-009 trial-related activities. The team was therefore invited to attend two World TB Day events in March, where they were given the opportunity to speak about clinical research and the NC009 trial – as the site is actively recruiting participants with drug-sensitive TB from the community. The first team of THINKers attended an event at Wyebank clinic on March 25. Clinic patients appreciated the informative presentations [...]

A Crucial Step for the TB Alliance NC-009 Study

By Gcina Nhleko THINK’s Strategic Partnerships and Community Health Systems Strengthening department recently convened a meeting attended by members representing the leadership of various community groups – Traditional, Religious, Civil Society – and the Department of Health. The meeting's purpose was to harness community relations and to give a broader outline of the TB Alliance NC-OO9 study and trials imperatives THINK is currently conducting. NC-009 is a pan-Phase 2 clinical trial incorporating Phase 2a, b, and c elements. NC-009 aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a combination of TBAJ-876, pretomanid, and linezolid for its potential to shorten and [...]

Reflections: World TB Day Event in Denmark

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, observed annually on March 24th, holds significant importance in the global health calendar, serving as a vital opportunity to raise public awareness about tuberculosis, a potentially deadly infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. At the “Unpacking Tuberculosis: A Global Issue” event, THINK Denmark brought together influential voices to discuss tackling TB and its cross-cutting issues. Our esteemed panel, featuring experts Rikke Nagell from AIDS-Foundation, Dr. Troels Lillebæk from University of Copenhagen and Statens Serum Institute (SSI), and Michael Aastrup Jensen from Folketinget, shed light on the urgent need for collaborative global action. Today, the significance of [...]

Finance Induction a Resounding Success

The recent and very successful Finance Induction, at the THINK HQ in Hillcrest, was an opportunity for new THINKers from various districts to meet with the rest of their colleagues. The purpose of the induction was to explain THINK’s processes, policies, and systems, and to make the recruits feel part of the team – and left with a feeling of knowing that they can reach out at any time. “We have recruited a good contingent, and I’m looking forward to the team working towards THINK’s goals by leveraging THINK’s values,” said our Head of Finance & Operations, Kirsty Woolley. Positive feedback [...]

Strengthening the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Ladies; prioritise your health! Empower yourself with knowledge and regular check-ups to ensure early detection Dr Susan Ford, research doctor at our Clinical Research Unit, has underscored the importance of women's health – a topic that deeply resonates with her. With women often serving as primary caregivers for family members, they sometimes overlook their own health. Susan stresses the value of women's health, particularly in routine checks to detect cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer. Breast cancer, apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, stands as the most prevalent cancer in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of [...]

Innovation and Empathy in Equal Measure

Get to know THINKer Fanelesibonge Msimango – and her wonderful interpretation of THINK culture and values! Fanele joined THINK in February this year as a Data Clerk on the ADAPT project. When the ADAPT project concluded in April, she applied for her current role as a Linkage Coordinator. “In this capacity, I collaborate closely with Linkage Officers to oversee the management of linkage activities. My responsibilities include coordinating the efforts of Linkage Officers, monitoring progress, evaluating performance, conducting quality control and quality assurance checks on THINK Linkage Trackers, and compiling comprehensive linkage reports on a monthly and quarterly basis for programs,” [...]

Advancing HIV Prevention and Protection

In the first part of this year, THINK broadened the scope of the Clinical Trial Unit to include a Male Medical Circumcision (MMC) program. This single intervention reduces the risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV from women to men by about 60%. Further, it reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections, penile cancer in men, and cervical cancer in female partners of circumcised men. The successful rollout of the MMC program has been spearheaded by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team. Supported by a technical lead and a program manager, our clinical team – comprised of skilled medical officers, professional nurses, a [...]

Improving Healthcare Access: From Mobile Clinics to TB Literacy

Allison Naidoo takes us on a short journey through our districts, bringing you news of THINK’s impact across the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. In healthcare's evolving landscape, THINK has been a beacon of hope, making impactful strides across districts. Our journey begins in the uMgungundlovu district, where we've been reshaping healthcare accessibility. September 6 was a significant day for the THINK uMgungundlovu team, who arrived at the Dambuza Community Hall with our state-of-the-art Mobile Clinic. The community benefitted from free Tuberculosis (TB) screenings, leveraging our revolutionary X-ray enhanced by AI. In partnership with our collaborators, we also offered a [...]

The Union Conference: Paris, here we come!

We chat to THINK’s Chief Science Officer, Dr Suzanne Staples, about the upcoming Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris, and find out more about its importance – both globally and for THINK. The Union World Conference on Lung Health is an annual event organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). This event has taken place every year for the last 53 years, and will be held in Paris – where The Union was founded in 1920 – from November 15 to 18. The international conference gathers professionals, experts, researchers, and advocates from various [...]

From Rural Roots to Global Impact: Meet Siyabonga Myeni

Join us in this insightful Q&A with THINK’s new Business Development Coordinator, where we delve into his vision for THINK's future and innovative strategies for securing partnerships and funding. Siya was born in a rural area called kwa-Hlomendlini (Mandeni), about 100km north of Durban, and raised by his grandmother. This is where he grew up and completed his primary and high school learning, before moving to Johannesburg to study further in 2012. Siya graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Masters in Development Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Q: When did you join THINK, and how did your [...]

Empowering NGOs for Impact: AI Training & Adoption

As promised in last month’s newsletter, here’s Bekani Nsibanyoni’s take on the importance of Artificial Intelligence within the NGO space. Artificial Intelligence is rapidly transforming industries worldwide, and the NGO sector is no exception. The integration of AI into the workings of NGOs can have a profound impact on their ability to deliver services, streamline operations, and address complex societal challenges. To harness the full potential of AI, training is paramount. Let’s explore the advantages of AI training in the NGO space, and also delve into the pros and cons of AI adoption. Advantages of AI Training for NGOs Enhanced Effectiveness: [...]

The Power of Introverts in The Workplace: Kirsty’s Journey

Our Head of Finance & Operations, Kirsty Woolley, uses her own personal journey to explain why there is a big need for introverts in the workplace.  From the age of 18 I worked in a bank. It upset me to learn that my colleagues initially perceived me as cold, aloof, a snob and a non-team player. It was not much comfort when, further down the line, these same colleagues would say; “Of course, now that I know you better, I realise you’re not like that at all!” But the damage had already been done to my self-image, and I was always [...]

Meet Camilla Lund, THINK’s new Executive Co-Pilot

Our global administration offices in Copenhagen recently welcomed a dynamic, young humanitarian to the team. Let’s get to know Camilla a bit better! Growing up in Denmark, Camilla moved to France, with her family, when she was 15. Here she attended high school and got her International Baccalaureate. “In Lyon my keen interest in art grew into including street art and graffiti, and my passion for dance was a great way to meet and befriend the locals,” she says. Spending over three years in an international community as a teen was in many ways the starting point of Camilla’s life [...]

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