Gita Ramjee, an award-winning medical researcher in the fight against HIV / AIDS, died on Tuesday from Covid-19, according to a statement from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
Glenda Gray, president of the council, said in the statement Ramjee died of complications associated with Covid-19.
The Aurum Institute, where Ramjee was the lead scientist, said in a statement that she was a world-renowned scientist who “worked tirelessly to find HIV prevention solutions for women”.
Gavin Churchyard, executive group head of this institute, says the world has lost a brave and compassionate leader in the fight against HIV.
“Her breakthroughs in HIV prevention have contributed to the world’s response to HIV / AIDS.”
The Aurum Institute is a health organization that has been fighting HIV and tuberculosis for more than 20 years.
Ramjee, from KwaZulu-Natal, was also previously a chief specialist scientist at the SAMRC and director of his HIV prevention research unit.
She was also an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Cape Town.