Francois Venter

Clinical director, University of Witwatersand's Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit

Dr Francois Venter is afraid of the future. The head of the Wits' Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit fears that the HIV prevention battle is being lost. One recent study shows about 1 000 South Africans die of Aids every day and there is a crisis of treatment because only 40% of South Africans who need antiretrovirals are able to get treatment. That's why Venter spends his days trying to find ways to fight, monitor and contain the virus. He was involved in the national and provincial department of health's 2003 antiretrovial rollout working groups to develop guidelines on opportunistic illnesses and antiretroviral treatment. � Hendri Pelser

Lunch spot: Doppio Zero, Greenside