President Cyril Ramaphosa mourns passing of Professor Hoosen Mahomed Coovadia.

By | October 5, 2023

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Death – Obituary News : Professor Hoosen Mahomed “Jerry” Coovadia, a distinguished scientist, health policy innovator, and anti-apartheid activist, has passed away at the age of 83 in Durban. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family.

Renowned scientist, health policy innovator, and anti-apartheid activist, Professor Hoosen Mahomed “Jerry” Coovadia, has passed away at the age of 83 in Durban. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Coovadia family, recognizing the immense contributions the late professor had made to society.

Born on March 10, 1940, in Durban, Coovadia dedicated his life to the advancement of medicine and the fight against apartheid. His commitment to social justice and equality was evident from an early age, and he actively participated in anti-apartheid movements during his time as a medical student.

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Coovadia’s academic achievements were nothing short of extraordinary. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Natal, and later pursued a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics at the University of London. His thirst for knowledge and passion for research led him to complete a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of London, making him one of the most highly educated medical professionals in his field.

Throughout his career, Coovadia tirelessly worked to improve public health in South Africa. He played a pivotal role in the development of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy, which aimed to reduce child mortality rates by targeting the most common childhood diseases. His groundbreaking research on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV greatly influenced global health policies and saved countless lives.

Coovadia’s impact extended beyond academia and research. He actively participated in the struggle against apartheid, using his platform as a respected scientist to advocate for social change. His fearless dedication to justice and equality earned him the admiration and respect of many, both within South Africa and internationally.

The passing of Professor Coovadia leaves a void in the scientific and activist communities. His legacy will forever be remembered as one of unwavering commitment to improving lives and fighting for a more just society. As President Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the family, the nation mourns the loss of a true hero whose contributions will continue to inspire generations to come..

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@centralnewsza said President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of Professor Hoosen Mahomed “Jerry” Coovadia, a distinguished scientist, health policy innovator, and anti-apartheid activist who recently passed away at the age of 83 in Durban. centralnews.co.za/remembering-pr…