Global award for local Aids academic

2014-10-27 00:00

THE World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) honoured South African academic Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim for her ground-breaking research on HIV prevention in women.

At a ceremony in Oman, Abdool Karim’s work was lauded by the global scientific community for her pioneering work in researching the HIV/Aids pandemic.

She is an associate director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University in New York.

Her prize of a citation, medal and R1,1 million was announced by Professor Chunli Bai, president of TWAS, at an award ceremony yesterday.

Professor Abdool Karim said she was humbled by the award, which recognised her career’s work in researching the virus.

“I feel very privileged and honoured to be the recipient of this award. Aids is a major global challenge and in Africa young women have the highest rates of HIV infection,” she said.

“By preventing HIV infection in women we have a chance to alter the course of the epidemic and save many millions of lives.”

Chunli lauded Abdool Karim as an inspiration.

“We have a great admiration and respect for the work. She has an exemplary record of high-impact science, and there is a deep humanity to her work.

“Just as important, she has helped to train hundreds of young African scientists who are expanding the research into HIV and tuberculosis. She really is a model scientist and a tremendous inspiration to colleagues across the world,” he said.

— Witness Reporter.

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