Durban - A leading Aids researcher based in Durban has bagged a sought-after award for his work in the field.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim is the latest recipient of the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) Platinum Medal, a lifetime achievement award, given to an outstanding scientist who has contributed substantially to improving health through research and helped build the foundations of health research in the country for future generations.
An accomplished scientist who has dedicated more than 30 years to social justice, human rights activism and scientific research, Karim has made several important breakthroughs ranging from treatment for HIV-TB co-infected people to new approaches to prevent HIV infections. Commenting on his current research, which focuses mainly on innovative technologies to prevent HIV, he said: “We won’t stop HIV in young women tomorrow…. but it has to be part of our long-term vision”.
He told the Daily News he was humbled by the award.
“I suppose this means I’m a golden oldie now,” he said, laughing. He said: “Impressive progress in scientific discovery, resource mobilisation, political commitment and implementation has been achieved, but young women in Africa still have high HIV rates. Each day there are about 1 000 new infections in South Africa.”