Tutu cancels travel plans due to poor health

The Desmond Tutu Foundation says Tutu will start a new course of medication to manage his prostate cancer.

"South African Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu talks before reading to children on the occasion of Mandela Day in Cape Town, on 18 July 2014. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - The Desmond Tutu Foundation has confirmed Archbishop Desmond Tutu has cancelled his travel plans for the rest of the year due to concerns around his health.

The arch was due to travel to Rome this weekend for the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit.

In a statement, the foundation says Tutu will start a new course of medication to manage his prostate cancer, a disease he's been battling for 15 years.

The foundation says he will no longer travel to Italy for health reasons.

The Summit which was initially scheduled to take place in Cape Town in October was postponed and moved to Rome.

This is after the South African government refused to grant visa to Nobel Peace laureate Dalai Lama.

The theme of the summit will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa and the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.