South African medical expert Gita Ramjee, who died of complications linked to Covid-19, is honoured for his reputation.
Her colleague and friend Gavin Churchjard told the BBC that, “She spent many years in her lives finding HIV prevention solutions for women.
UNAids head Winnie Byanyima says that the death of Professor Ramjee is a huge loss at a time when the world needs it most.
The world’s most populated population living with HIV in South Africa.
As part of efforts to avoid the spread of coronavirus, the country has began a three-week closure.
“Prof Ramjee’s passing would be a big blow to the entire medical field and worldwide battle with HIV / Aids,” said David Mabuza in a tweet.
In her view, we will take up the call to flatten the curve by improving our responses to this global pandemic and continuing the battle for zero new HIV infections.”
“We have also lost a champion in the fight against the HIV epidemic interestingly at the hands of this global pandemic.
The Chief Scientist Professor of the Aurum Institute, the leading authority in combating HIV and TB, Prof. Ramjee, who died in a hospital near the coastal town of Durban on Tuesday.
Aurum Professor Churchyard, who had been knowing her for many years, told BBC’s Pumza Fihlani, who said: « Gita is a creative girl, a true fighter; if she thinks of something, there’s no one better in her way. ».
“This will be my lifelong memory-how she worked to make women in marginalized communities access to healthcare more affordable.”
After returning to South Africa in mid-March,
HIV researchers came ill from Great Britain, where they presented their work at a symposium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
She holds an honorary teaching position at the LSHTM and at the University of Washington and Cape Town University.
Two years ago, the European Development Clinical Trials Partnerships awarded her the Outstanding Female Scientist Award.
She later said to the HIV Trials Network, “I was delighted to receive this award because it acknowledges my contribution to clinical research activities on HIV prevention for decades.
Source : BBC