The new Ambassador of Japan and KEMRI officials visit

22 March 2023

Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director hosted the newly appointed Ambassador of Japan H.E. Mr Shigeru USHIO on 6 March at CAPRISA’s headquarters. The Ambassador’s official visit included a tour of CAPRISA facilities and discussions with senior scientists to gain insights into core research studies and public health challenges facing South Africa.

On 22 March the newly appointed chair of the Board, of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Dr Abdulahi Ali Ibrahim led a delegation from KEMRI and the Kenyan Parliament Departmental Committee team on a visit to draw on CAPRISA’s 20-year experience in HIV prevention, TB treatment and more recently Covid-19 research and leadership. Prof Nigel Garrett, head of Pathogenesis and Vaccine research and hosted the delegation. The visitors engaged in discussions with senior scientists and visited the eThekwini Research Clinic.  
Above photo: Standing( L-R) Mr Takahiko SATO, Embassy of Japan; Senior Scientists Dr Tanuja Gengiah, Mrs Natasha Samsunder, Dr Sharana Mahomed;  Mr Tasuku NAKANISHI, Embassy of Japan, and Mr Patrick Mdletshe. Seated (L-R): Mr Maroti Letsoalo; H.E. Mr Shigeru USHIO, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Africa; Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim; and Prof Nigel Garrett
The photo above: Back row (L-R): Mr Edwin Bett (KEMRI); Hon. Anthony Kibagendi (Kenya Parliament); Dr Martin Bundi, (KEMRI). Middle row (L-R): CAPRISA colleagues Dr Sinaye Ngcapu, Dr Sharana Mahomed, Ms Sunita Panday, Dr Gugulethu Mzobe, Dr Tanuja Gengiah, Dr Andile Mtshali, Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma; Dr Joseph Mwangangi (KEMRI); and Mr Martin Machira (KEMRI). Front row (L-R): Ms Smita Maharaj (CAPRISA); Hon. Dr Robert Pukose,(Kenya DoH) Dr Abdulahi Ali Ibrahim, Chairperson KEMRI Board of Directors and Prof Nigel Garrett