The 27-year-old PhD student in the department of medical virology at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was recently awarded a R100000 grant to assist to continue her study on HIV in children.
“The award has shown me that my efforts are not in vain. My dreams are valid and if I am willing to work hard and pursue my personal vision, then somewhere along that road, help will find me and give me a boost when I need it most.
“For my research, the grant has been an immense source of financial support in the fourth (and final) year of my PhD, enabling me to complete my laboratory work, write, publish and present my findings at various forums,” Katusiime said.
The Margaret McNamara Education Grant is a non-profit public charity which supports the education of women from developing countries who are committed to working for the benefit of women and children in developing countries.