The long years of work in Elandsdoorn have brought extensive practical experience and essential findings of diverse research results. The Ndlovu Care Group began to prepare detailed program evaluations and impact analyses, to provide them with academic foundations and to accompany them scientifically. For this purpose, the Ndlovu Research Consortium was founded in 2014.
In 2017, the Ndlovu Research Consortium (NRC) set up a research centre in the community of Elandsdoorn, where the long-term effects of HIV infection, its associated chronic diseases and socio-economic problems can be investigated thoroughly and permanently. In the Ndlovu Research Consortium three different institutions work together: the Ndlovu Care Group based in Elandsdoorn, the University Witwatersrand based in Johannesburg and the University of Utrecht. The multidisciplinary partnership covers a broad research environment. Product development studies are continuously implemented and accompanied.
The uniqueness of the Ndlovu Research Consortium is the mix between academic research and trial research.
Ndlovu Cohort study
The academic research’s backbone: a research population with a control group. 1000 participants are HIV+ and 1000 HIV-. It is a longitudinal study to show the relationship between HIV and non-communicable diseases.
Compare treatment outcomes between normal and more intensified monitoring.
Linkage of early HIV detection to care through testing in the households.
The relationship between HIV+ and depression.
Reliability of HIV self-testing.
DM Alert study
Relationship between HIV and Diabetes.
An HIV vaccination study on HIV negative women.
An HIV microbicide prevention study on HIV negative women.