World Bank County Director Africa and Member of the Board visits CAPRISA

12 December 2021

On the 29th of November 2021, Ms Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly Country Director, Africa, The World Bank and Dr Reshma Sheoraj Member of the Board at World Bank Group visited CAPRISA. In the morning they visited the CAPRISA eThekwini Clinical Research Site, where they were given a tour of the site by Prof Kogie Naidoo CAPRISA Deputy Director; Dr Nigel Garett CAPRISA Head of Pathogenesis and Vaccine Research and Dr Nivashnee Naicker, CAPRISA Research Clinician. After the tour, they went to the Denis Hurley Centre and the KwaMuhle Museum in Central Durban, accompanied by Mr Patrick Mdletshe CAPRISA Head of Community Programmes and Dr Hilton Humphries CAPRISA Scientist.

At the Denis Hurley Centre, Ms Marie-Nelly and Dr Sheoraj were taken on a guided tour of the facilities by Ruth Birtwhistle, Clinic Co-ordinator and Mr Jean-Marie Ntamubano, Centre Manager,  The tour included a discussion about the important work that the Denis Hurley Centre is doing and the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, including the homeless, refugees, and those living with HIV. After the visit to the Denis Hurley Centre, the delegation visited the KwaMuhle Museum, where Mr Patrick Mdletshe gave a tour of the museum and discussed the history of the Apartheid system and its impact on South African society. After this tour, Ms Marie-Nelly and Dr Sheoraj participated in a discussion with young women and men about their hope for the future, issues facing young people in South Africa and how they hope to be agents of change for a brighter South African future.


In the photo: L-R; Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim, CAPRISA Associate Scientific Director; Dr Reshma Sheoraj, Member of Board at World Bank Group;

Ms Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, Country Director, Africa, The World Bank and Prof Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA Director

KwaMuhle Museum; Ms Marie Francoise Marie Nelly and Dr Sheoraj  - Discussing issues facing young women