Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been hailed for his commitment to healthcare in South Africa and the world.

Birthday wishes and tributes are pouring in for the Nobel Laureate on his 90th birthday on Thursday.

Tutu has over the years supported a host of organisations and foundations which promote access to health particularly related to the treatment of HIV, TB and cancer.

Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker says, “He coined the term that this is the new apartheid, referring to HIV and called on all of us to recognise that individuals living with HIV need just as much love, recognition, awareness and basic health  care provisions as anybody else, and that they should be enveloped in the circle of humanity.”

Financial resources

The Tygerberg Children’s Hospital Trust has thanked Tutu for his association with the Trust over the years.

Tutu and his wife, Leah, are the patrons of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital Trust.

CEO of the Trust, Jason Falken says about 60% of the population of the province have a footprint at the hospital and being associated with Tutu name helped to garner financial resources.

Falken says, “Just as an example, this year alone, the trust has spent over  R3 million  just for critical equipment  needed for example at our neo-natal ward in support of our premature babies, none of that would have been possible without the patronage of the Arch and Ma Leah. So that is just a small example of how their patronage has boiled down to a very practical way of helping our kids.”

Below are birthday wishes on Twitter: