Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim awarded the Order of Mapungubwe

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.

Awards for scientists for work on HIV/AIDS

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.

Launch of the Human Resource for Health Strategy

Minister of Health Dr A Motsoaledi

Wits University

11 October 2011


Programme Director

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

Wits Academics

Distinguished guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

Vaginal gel blocks HIV but not enough to be scientific success

Candidate microbicide PRO 2000 cuts HIV transmission by 30 percent, falling just short of the one-third required to be deemed a success. But scientists say this trial offers proof that the concept of a vaginal gel to block HIV is possible. For the first time in over a decade of research, a vaginal gel called PRO 2000 has been show to cut HIV transmission by 30 percent. Principal investigator Professor Gita Ramjee described this as extremely hopeful at the simultaneous launch of the results in Durban and Montreal, Canada, yesterday (9 Feb). This is the first microbicide study in over a decade that shows promise. It suggests that we are on the right track and we will be able to develop a women-controlled product to prevent HIV in the future, said Ramjee, who heads HIV research at the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Is democracy good for people's health? A South African perspective

On 7 April 1994, the new South African government inherited 14 independent health departments: one for each of the 10 black homelands one each for the white, brown (mixed descent) and Asian communities and one for black Africans living and working in so called white South Africa. Has the health of the people improved in the decade since democracy? Not according to the health indicators, such as maternal, infant, and perinatal mortality child nutrition tuberculosis prevalence and life expectancy.