In memoriam: Professor James Gita Hakim (1954 to 2021)

IAS – the International AIDS Society – alongside the HIV community, mourn the untimely loss of Professor James Gita Hakim, MBChB, MMed, MMedSci, FRCP, PGDipHPE to COVID‐19‐related complications [1].

Characterized as a dignified gentleman, sage confidant, an excellent cardiologist and clinician, a consummate researcher and mentor, a brilliant academic, humanitarian and an all‐round wonderful human being, James was a scientific giant in the HIV community and instrumental in putting HIV research and science in sub‐Saharan Africa on the map, driving studies that had both regional and global relevance and impact.

Born in Sudan and trained in Uganda, Kenya, Germany and Australia, James was passionate about enhancing clinical and research capacity in his adopted country, Zimbabwe until his untimely death on 26 January 2021.


Call for Application for the short course - 'Introduction to Global Health'

Call for Application for the short course - 'Introduction to Global Health' offered by the Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa – for 2021 (April-June). The Department of Global Health collaborates across disciplines and sectors to address complex health problems.

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Director position, Health Systems Research Unit, South African MRC

The Health Systems Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council is seeking a new Director to lead a portfolio of multidisciplinary health systems and policy research. Read the full details at the link below.

CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference

AFREhealth-CUGH Working Group Satellite Session

AFREhealth and CUGH: Implementing the goals of a collaborative partnership

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 8:00am - 11:00am CT

The year 2020 has been a year of unprecedented times. The ACWG planned a CUGH Satellite meeting but this could not happen as the CUGH 2020 conference was cancelled. Just like many other groups, this prevented us from implementing activities because of the global challenges and focus on COVID 19. Therefore there is a need to refocus and see what the three ACWG subcommittees plan to do going forward. The session will start with a brief overview of the structure and functions of the organizations of AFREhealth and CUGH. A plenary talk by a prominent African expert on Covid19 vaccination will be presented. The three subcommittees will break out into separate roundtable discussion groups to reflect on progress (e.g. what worked, what didn’t work) and to discuss how to more effectively implement their specific goals.

Remembering Professor James Hakim – Member, AFREhealth Governing Council

AFREhealth mourns the passing of James Hakim, Professor of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and a member of our Governing Council. This came as  shocking news to us. James Hakim is the one of those who crafted the Acronym AFREhealth. The AFREhealth community has lost a dynamic giant in medicine and an icon of medical research in Africa. He was a well versed, researcher, educator, clinician, a great HIV scientist and humanitarian. We are proud of his achievements in health professions education in our continent. James was a mentor, leader and excellent speaker and his demise is a loss for science and medicine.

We his AFREhealth Colleagues, describe him as one with an astonishing intellect and a gentle sense of humor. He was a friend to all.

James was an active AFREhealth member who had the passion to see the Organisation grow. He was also very supportive of the the student exchange (GEMx) program in Africa and has been part of the student advisory committee.

He was a blessing to all who crossed paths with him.

This is such a great loss to AFREhealth.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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