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Lifetime Achievement Award for Durban Scientist

Lifetime Achievement Award for Durban Scientist

The National Research Foundation has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on distinguished Durban scientist Professor Jerry Coovadia.

The foundation, and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, on Thursday honoured top researchers at an awards ceremony in Joburg. Coovadia was one of two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the foundation’s most prestigious accolade. He is a director at Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Systems, which supports the KZN Health Department in its provision of HIV and TB treatment and prevention.

Coovadia is also the chairman of the board of the KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital Trust, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, and associate scientific director at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa.

He has published 338 papers on the factors which cause morbidity, disability and mortality among Africa’s children. His mantel also boasts the Silver Medal for Excellence in Research from the Medical Research Council, and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.

Fifteen years ago, it was Coovadia and Professor Anna Coutsoudis, in their groundbreaking study, who discovered that the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV was significantly lower if mothers exclusively breast-fed for the first four months of the child’s life.


Read the full article at The Mercury

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