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South Africa: Country to Open U.S.$40 Million HIV, TB Facility


Rio De Janeiro - The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) will open a 40,000 square feet research building in Durban, South Africa, next month (October) - the latest example of a trend of pouring investment into fighting Africa's HIV epidemic, according to experts.

The US$40 million facility will accommodate nine principle investigators, two of whom are from Africa, and includes four floors of dedicated laboratory space, 6,000 square feet of biosafety level 3 laboratory (highest level is 4) and training facilities.

The facility was jointly founded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2009. Its goal is that discoveries made in the heart of the TB and HIV epidemics will drive innovation to control the diseases.

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