UKZN extends condolences to family of 'esteemed academic' Gita Ramjee
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Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal has extended its condolences to the family of world-renowned HIV scientist and researcher, Professor Gita Ramjee.
Ramjee, who served as the Director of the HIV Prevention Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), passed away in hospital due to health complications related to the Covid-19 virus. She recently returned to KZN after travelling in the United Kingdom.
In a statement the UKZN described Ramjee as a greatly respected scholar and esteemed academic.
Ramjee obtained her science degree at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom and her Masters and PhD through the Department of Paediatrics at UKZN. She was also an Honorary Professor at the University of Tamil Nadu, India, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
"Ramjee was well recognised for her ground-breaking research and development in the field of HIV prevention. She recently received global recognition for her tireless efforts and lifetime of contribution relating to HIV prevention amongst women. She was awarded the “Outstanding Female Scientist” award by the European Development Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP)," said Acting Executive Director Normah Zondo.
According to the MRC, Professor Ramjee’s KZN-based team hosts five of the 20 HIV Vaccine Trial Network sites across the country as a part of a global scientific journey to find an effective HIV vaccine. Her team is also testing a “novel long acting injectable for the prevention of HIV” in three communities across the greater Durban area.
"May her soul rest in peace and may her loved ones find healing during this difficult time," said Zondo.