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Hoosen Coovadia is recognised mainly for his contributions to critical research into the most serious health problems facing children in Africa. Professor Coovadia has published leading papers on the basic science and pathogenesis, clinical management, epidemiology, prevention and contextual factors, for the major causes of morbidity, disability and mortality, among Africa`s children. His key research has been in the fields of malnutrition, kidney disorders and infectious diseases. He is Known as an investigator, implementer and activist related to the primary findings arising from his studies over the last 38 years. Professor Coovadia qualified as qualifying as a medical doctor in Bombay in 1965 and became a specialist paediatrician in South Africa in 1971 and an immunologist in the United Kingdom during 1974-1975. Thereafter he joined the Walter and Eliza Hall for Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia Since 2003 he has been the Scientific Director of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine Campus in Durban. The Institute is establishing itself as the premier centre for HIV/AIDS research in the developing world.
Professor Coovadia has trained numerous paediatricians, mostly of colour, and many in private practice, in South Africa. He has been employed as a clinical and an academic paediatrician at different positions at King Edward VIII Hospital and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He served as head of Paediatrics and Child Health between 1990-2000 and served in various positions within the Medical Research Council of South Africa and at University, Provincial and Central Government level, as well as on UNAIDS/WHO Committees. He has been appointed as the the International Vice-Chair of a newly constituted NIH Network on the formulation of programmes, distribution of funds and monitoring and evaluation of studies on HIV research in mothers and children. Editorial appointments include publications such as AIDS, The Journal of Tropical Paediatrics, Annals of Tropical Paediatrics, The South African Medical Journal, The South African Journal of HIV and The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Professor Coovaida reviews papers for some of these journals and regularly assesses proposals from the Wellcome Trust and other agencies. He was the Chairman of the prestigious XIIIth International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2000, which has generally been accredited as a landmark event in the landscape of AIDS, internationalising the demand for AIDS drugs and prevention services accessible to the poor in the developing countries. He is an African representative on the International AIDS Society and Chairperson of Dira Sengwe, a non-profit organisation which sponsors biennial AIDS Conferences in South Africa. The recipient of many awards, Professor Coovadia has been honoured with amongst others the Silver Medal for Research from the MRC,SA (1999); the Order of the Star of South Africa from President Nelson Mandela for Health (1999); the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2000); Science for Society Gold Medal from the Academy of Science of South Africa (2004); the Medical Award of Excellence from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities and honorary doctorates (DSc) from the Universities of Witwatersrand (2003) and Durban Westville (1996. Professor Coovadia is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2005) and one of a handful of South Africans as a Foreign Member of the Institute of Medicine, USA.
In particular, Professor Coovadia was a key figure in the relief of poverty and the implementation of relief and development programmes through the Independent Development Trust, aimed at Black South Africans who were (and remain) the “poorest of the poor” during the transition from apartheid to independence in the early 1990’s. He continues raising issues of major importance for public health to this day.
Shaquir Salduker is a psychiatrist and pain physician at St Augustines hospital and Durban Pain Clinic. A graduate of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, he is a Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists and Director of the Psychiatric Management Group and convener of the pain special interest group of South African Society of Psychiatrists. He has a special interest in chronic pain management, consultation liaison psychiatry and ICU psychiatry.