Sad News: Renowned Medical Legend Emeritus Professor Hoosen Coovadia Passes Away

By | October 4, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Emeritus Professor Hoosen (Jerry) Coovadia, a renowned figure in the medical field, has passed away. The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s College of Health Sciences expresses their deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. [Image attached]

A Giant Has Fallen

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a legend in the field of medicine, Emeritus Professor Hoosen (Jerry) Coovadia. Born on July 4, 1940, in Durban, South Africa, Professor Coovadia dedicated his life to the betterment of public health and made significant contributions to the medical community.

Professor Coovadia’s journey in the field of medicine began at the University of Natal, where he obtained his medical degree in 1966. He then pursued further studies in the United Kingdom, specializing in pediatrics and infectious diseases. Upon his return to South Africa, he joined the University of Natal’s medical school as a lecturer, eventually rising to the position of Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health.

Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Coovadia displayed an unwavering commitment to tackling infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. His groundbreaking research on mother-to-child transmission of HIV led to the development of effective prevention and treatment strategies, saving countless lives globally. His work not only transformed the lives of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS but also shaped global health policies and interventions.

Professor Coovadia’s impact extended beyond his research accomplishments. He played a vital role in the development of academic medicine in South Africa, mentoring numerous medical students and young researchers. His dedication to education and training paved the way for future generations of healthcare professionals.

In recognition of his significant contributions, Professor Coovadia received numerous accolades and honors throughout his career. He was a recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. His work continues to inspire medical professionals worldwide, leaving an indelible legacy.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Zubeida, his son Imraan, and daughter Anoushka during this difficult time. Professor Coovadia’s remarkable achievements and compassionate spirit will be deeply missed. May his soul rest in peace..


@UKZNCHS said A Giant Has Fallen We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a legend in the field of medicine, Emeritus Professor Hoosen (Jerry) Coovadia. We express our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Zubeida, his son Imraan and daughter, Anoushka. May his soul rest in peace.