Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim along with her husband, a globally-acclaimed South African Indian-origin researcher couple was honoured with a prestigious award for their exceptional contributions in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Professors Quarraisha received the award from the Institute for Human Virology (IHV) in Baltimore in the US.

The award was presented to her by Robert Gallo, who discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS, at the 19th international meeting of the IHV.

“To me, both these renowned individuals (Quarraisha and husband) have made some of the greatest contributions in the history of HIV/Aids in public health and epidemiology relevant to prevention and care of infected people,” Gallo said in a statement.

“I don’t know any person or persons who have done more to advance the proper care of people with HIV infection or the prevention of HIV infection among a population,” Mr Gallo said.
The landmark study was recognised as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of the year.

Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is one of the most highly-respected infectious disease epidemiologists in South Africa, said she “deeply appreciated” the award from a centre of excellence in HIV research like the IHV.
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim was a 2015 eThekwini Living Legend.