|Nationality South African|
Residence South Africa
|Name Quarraisha Karim|
Known for CAPRISA 004 study
|Born 20 March 1960 (age 55) (1960-03-20) |
Institutions CAPRISA Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Books CAPRISA - Understanding HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination at a Community Level: Persepctives from Rural KwaZulu-Natal
Alma mater University of Durban-Westville, University of Natal, Columbia University
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Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a South African epidemiologist who was awarded South Africa's highest honor, the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze). She is a professor at both the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Columbia University in the United States.
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On 24 March 2016, she received the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards for helping to combat HIV and improving the life of African women.
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Karim was born in Tongaat in South Africa in 1960. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine in the United States. At the XVIII International AIDS Conference, 2010 the results of their CAPRISA 004 study led to a standing ovation, an uncommon occurrence at a scientific meeting. She is a mother and is married to Salim 'Slim' Abdool Karim whom she has worked with in research. On October 26, 2014, Karim was named winner of the 2014 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize from the World Academy of Sciences. She is the first woman to have received the $100,000 prize. She has also received the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize of the African Academy of Sciences.
In 1990 she had taken blood samples of a population of South African women which demonstrated high rates of HIV infection in young women. In 2016 Karim was awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science for her "remarkable contribution to the prevention and treatment of HIV and associated infections, greatly improving the quality of life of women in Africa". She was the laureate for Africa and the Arab States.