SA’s official body for medical specialists confers its highest honour on Prof Salim Abdool Karim

1 June 2022

Professor Salim Abdool Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA’s Director was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the College of Pathologists in Virology - the highest award of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, on Thursday 19th May. The award recognizes his exceptional scientific knowledge generation and his national and international scientific leadership in virology. 

The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) is an institution of medical and dental specialists whose purpose is to promote the highest degree of skill, efficiency, ethical standards, and professional conduct for the benefit of humanity and to promote the honour of the medical and dental profession. 

“We believe that you have not only distinguished yourself in the incredible work that you do nationally, regionally, and internationally, said CMSA President, Prof Flavia Senkubuge, “but certainly we recognise your enormous achievements in scientific leadership and knowledge generation in virology, strategy, and policy formulation. We further remain inspired by your seminal contributions regarding global health issues such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, “she said.

Abdool Karim is globally recognised for his seminal contributions in viral diseases. particularly HIV and Covid-19. He currently serves as a Vice President of the International Science Council and is a Member of World Health Organization’s Science Council and the Lancet Commission on COVID-19.