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Renowned SA scientist Gita Ramjee dies of complications due to Covid-19

Professor Gita Ramjee. File picture: Jennifer Bruce

Professor Gita Ramjee. File picture: Jennifer Bruce

Published Mar 31, 2020


Tributes are pouring in for renowned scientist Professor Gita Ramjee, the chief scientific officer for the Aurum Institute, who died on Tuesday after reportedly suffering Covid-19 related complications.

The institute shared the news of Ramjee's death in a Twitter post on Tuesday night.

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"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," the institute said. 

"Group CEO Gavin Churchyard, described her as; "a bold and compassionate leader in the response to HIV."

Immediately after the news broke, members of the scientific community and local activists and personalities, shared their tributes to the remarkable researcher on Twitter.


%%%twitter">#leadership, the #courage and the #bravery of one of our own today. Gita Ramjee. #scientist #researcher #advocate #women. Thoughts are with her loved ones and her colleagues @Auruminstitute #Covid_19

— TheVARG (@vaccineadvocacy)

%%%twitter">#RIPProfRamjee #Covid_19SA

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— Suntosh Pillay (@suntoshpillay)

Ramjee was also the director of the South African Medical Research Council's HIV Prevention Research Unit

Ramjee, who was based in KwaZulu-Natal, was awarded the “Outstanding Female Scientist” Award by the European Development Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) in 2018. 

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