SA certainly is home to some amazing people – and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates knows it. On his blog this week Gates, whose foundation with his wife Melinda has poured millions into medical research globally, singled out Professors Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Karim for their work in the fight against HIV/Aids. The husband/wife team are both experts in infectious diseases, and Salim chairs the group of scientists advising the government on Covid. Both have been at the forefront of SA’s fight against HIV/Aids for years. Gates hailed their “upbeat” attitude and said their work in the HIV field had helped prepare the country better for Covid-19, according to TimesLive. He also singled out Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso for her “sophisticated effort” in combating childhood stunting from malnutrition. She also happens to be the acclaimed author of Coconut, among other books. It must be the African sunshine that keeps us shining.
This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.