Bluekey Supports Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation at World Aids Day

Bluekey Software Solutions to sponsor Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation World AIDS Day exhibition at the Baxter Theatre

 

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) will be celebrating the many successes achieved in HIV prevention, treatment, research and training in South Africa at this years’ World AIDS Day with a week-long exhibition at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Leading South African cartoonist and guest speaker, Jonathan Shapiro, will be giving guests an illustrated talk on the journey of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and local photographer, Clive Grey, will be exhibiting inspiring photographs that were taken at the DTHF’s Youth Centre.

 

The rapid increase in South Africa’s HIV prevalence took place between the mid-nineties and early 2000. This was also the time during which the country underwent its most prevalent political turmoil and media attention was focused on political issues – allowing HIV to become unknowingly widespread throughout communities. In 1985, a State of Emergency was declared in South Africa that would last for five years and it was during this time that the DTHF was founded.

 

The demand for professional and dedicated medical staff and social workers to help those infected and create HIV awareness led to the DTHF’s affiliation to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine – where their head office is located. It is here where the DTHF was given the resources and facilities to change the face of HIV in South Africa and help people living with HIV through counselling, research, medication and education.

 

To accommodate their growth and complement their vision of HIV prevention, treatment and training in the communities of the South Africa, and to meet the needs of grantors and sponsors, DTHF decided to implement a business management solution. This was the start of a fruitful partnership between Bluekey Software Solutions (Bluekey) and the DTHF. Bluekey recently helped the DTHF upgrade their legacy systems with an NGO solution, embedding best-practice, transparency, control, compliance, NGO-specific reporting, and accountability to make the Foundation more efficient and more attractive to potential donors.

 

Jill Thorne, General Manager of the DTHF adds, “Our projects are funded through grants, sponsorships, and donations, and run through partnerships with public health departments. We need to be able to track and report on where and how each rand is spent. So, the system had to have the capability to support our high standards of corporate governance and compliance requirements. A welcome side-effect of more streamlined financial management would be faster, less complicated and less costly audits.”

 

After helping the DTHF increase focus on what they do best – saving lives – Bluekey is helping others in the NGO community increase their compliance, credibility and controls. By taking care of their business management and accounting Bluekey enables them to focus on their mandates without having to be concerned whether their current systems can support their vision.

Read related post: Join the Winning Side: World AIDS Day, celebrating successes in HIV & TB, The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation saves lives 

 

About Bluekey

Bluekey Software Solutions enjoys a reputation for partnering with SME’s to deliver comprehensive business management solutions on-time and within budget. The company is founded on the value proposition that successful implementation of effective processes and controls brings real and tangible benefits to business stakeholders by providing full visibility and driving efficiency, service, profitability and growth.

Bluekey is Africa’s most awarded SAP Business One partner; SAP PartnerEdge Gold status; SAP EMEA Pinnacle Award Winner, SAP Business One Africa Partner-of-the-Year. Our 100+ staff service more than 220 SME’s in SADC and East Africa through full service branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Bluekey’s NGO and Grant Management solution extends SAP Business One, the world-class business management solution for SME’s from SAP, by optimising the business processes specific to the not-for-profit sector.

For more information contact Craig Johnson on +27 21 780700 or cj@bluekey.co.za

About DTHF

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s aims to lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on individuals, families and communities in Southern Africa through innovation and excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV related diseases.

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) developed from the HIV Research Unit at New Somerset Hospital in the early 1990’s. The Unit was acclaimed as one of the first public clinics to offer antiretroviral therapy to those living with HIV. In January 2004 Professor Robin Wood and Associate Professor Linda-Gail Bekker registered the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation as a Section 21 non-profit organisation and established the head office at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Supported by Emeritus Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, the Foundation’s activities include HIV prevention, treatment, and training as well as tuberculosis screening and management among some of the most vulnerable communities of the Western Cape. Pairing community-driven development and internationally acclaimed research, the DTHF envisions a brighter future where HIV is manageable and its presence diminished in South Africa’s communities.

For more information contact Lavinia Crawford-Browne on 021 633 6599 or Lavinia.browne@hiv-research.org.za

 

 

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