Anna Cross

Senior Medical Officer and Site Investigator

Stigma kills


After qualifying in medicine at UCT, Anna moved to Johannesburg for her internship and community service. Having worked in both public and private sectors, she decided to commit her career to working where the need is greatest - in the public service. In 2010 when back in Cape Town, again driven by where she saw the greatest need, Anna then went into the field of HIV. She has not looked back.

Today Anna is based at the Gugulethu Research Offices of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, where they conducts HIV and TB adherence and prevention research.



  • Health

  • Research and Development

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, housed within the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (DTHC) at the University of Cape Town, is committed to the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa. The Foundation has been in existence as a “not for profit” organization since 2004.

The DTHC is an accredited research grouping within the University of Cape Town and is supported in its work by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. The research, clinical and community outreach staff of the Foundation share a common agreed purpose to lessen the impact of the HIV epidemic on individuals, families and communities, through innovation and their passion for humanity.

Fully self- funded by grants and other investigator raised funds, our shared vision for the future includes the continuation of current TB/HIV related work of treatment, care, prevention and education particularly in the most vulnerable populations, whilst staying abreast of new developments and continuing to contribute to cutting edge information in HIV and TB public health, social and clinical research.