Patience Mavata

Co-founder and manager, Ikhaya Lobomi

Patience Mavata is an experienced nurse, HIV/Aids counsellor and caregiver. In 2000, spurred by her love for medicine and her sister'sstruggle with HIV, Mavata and her husband founded Ikhaya Lobomi, a community support centre offering holistic care to the sick. The centre provides nutritional, volunteer, and educational services for the community. Since 2001, HIV/Aids related deaths of her patients have decreased from 90% to 10% a year. In 2003, she initiated thedevelopment of Inochi, a herbal supplement for the treatment of HIV/Aids. Case studies have shown the supplement to be successful in increasing patients' CD4 count and decreasing their H1 viral load. Mavata is also an avid researcher, and has presented to the Harvard Institute of South Africa and the National Nursing Association of Southern Africa. She received the Unilever 100 Women Award in 2003 and the SAFM Women Otherwise Award in 2004. � Qudsiya Karrim

Lunch spot: Ile Maurice, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal