MEDIA RELEASE: Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa) was bestowed with the Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze by the South African State President on Freedom Day (27 April 2013) in recognition of her “outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis research and health policy development.” The Order of Mapungubwe is South Africa’s highest honour.
IN yet another sign of President Jacob Zuma’s break with the AIDS denialism of former president Thabo Mbeki, the Presidency on Monday announced that three medical scientists whose work challenged Mr Mbeki’s dogma are to receive national orders on April 27.
Among people to be honoured at the weekend are Prof Glenda Grey, who has conducted pioneering studies into the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; Prof Quaraisha Abdool Karim, who has worked on developing methods to protect women from HIV; and University of KwaZulu-Natal vice-chancellor Prof William Makgoba, who challenged Mr Mbeki’s quixotic views on HIV/AIDS in the prestigious international journal Nature.
Minister of Health Dr A Motsoaledi
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Regional Director of the WHO AFRO Region-Dr Sambo
My fellow Cabinet Colleague-Dr B Nzimande
Vice Chancellor Prof Nongxa and members of Senate and Council Health MECs
The Director General of the Department of Health
Provincial Heads of Health
Deans of Faculties of Health Sciences
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