Interview with ​Prof. Geoffrey Setswe, The Aurum Institute and Sibusiso ​Hlatjwako, PATH

You’re listening to episode 2 of “African Research Excellence – DSW in conversation” – where each week Eoghan Walsh and Agustin Martin of DSW interview outstanding African researchers and advocates in the field of global health research, to learn more about their work and their views on the needs and opportunities to advance GH R&I in Africa.

2020 is set to be a big year for EU-Africa relations, and for global health – even before the Covid-19 emergency. Organisations like PATH and The Aurum Institute are at the forefront of both leading-edge research, and work on the ground in South Africa, to advance the cause of research and innovation targeted at eradicating diseases of poverty and neglected tropical diseases – HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and others.

So we’re delighted to have on as guests a duo in this episode: Prof. Geoffrey Setswe, The Aurum Institute and Sibusiso ​Hlatjwako, PATH. In a wide-ranging talk, we talked with them about:

  • The leaps and bounds being made in small-scale but highly effective testing technologies for HIV and TB that are working in the field in sub-Saharan Africa
  • How these advances in testing and other recent medical innovations are feeding into how to track and trace Covid-19’s spread in southern Africa
  • And the continuing need for national and international advocacy to support the fight against diseases of poverty.

Thanks to Prof. Setwe and Sibusiso for their time and insight. You can find out more about DSW and the podcast at our website,, and if you haven’t already please subscribe on your favourite podcast player! This podcast was edited by Jonathan Rowe, and the artwork was designed by Alissa Thaler.

Until next time.