SA scientist Gita Ramjee dies of COVID-19 complications

Date:1 April 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, , ,

Professor Gita Ramjee, a renowned HIV expert, died as a result of complications due to contracting the coronavirus. Tributes to her and her work have been pouring in since the news broke.

The Aurum Institute where she was chief scientific officer, shared the news on Twitter.

“Aurum is deeply saddened by the death of its Chief Scientific Officer Prof Gita Ramjee, world renowned for her tireless work to find HIV prevention solutions for women,” it said.

Ramjee had recently returned from a trip to London and was admitted to hospital with pneumonia before her death.

“The world has lost a bold and compassionate leader in the response to HIV,” Professor Gavin Churchyard, Group CEO of the Aurum Institute., told Daily Maverick, “Gita Ramjee firmly believed in health as a fundamental human right. Her ground-breaking research in HIV prevention contributed to the global response to HIV and AIDS. Our thoughts during this difficult time are with her family, colleagues and the many people her life and work touched.”

Her contribution to research into HIV/AIDS is significant, especially during her role as director of the South African Medical Research Council’s HIV Prevention Research Unit. Her work especially looked at prevention methods that were applicable to the lifestyles of South African women.

May she rest in peace.

Image: @Nabeelha_Shaikh/Twitter

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