Gita Ramjee

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Gita Ramjee
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Born Gita Parekh
8 April 1956
Kampala, Uganda
Died 31 March 2020 (aged 63)
Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cause of death Complications relating to COVID-19
Alma mater University of Sunderland
University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Researcher
  • Professor
Years active 1980-2020
Known for HIV research

Gita Ramjee (née Parekh; 8 April 1956 – 31 March 2020) was a Ugandan-South African scientist and researcher in HIV prevention who died in the wake of the Coronavirus of 2019. She died on the 5th day of the government mandated lock down from complications relating to COVID-19.

Life and Career

Gita Ramjee was a renowned scientist and researcher in HIV prevention. She served as a scientist at the South African Medical Research Council, while there, she was instrumental in expanding that organisation from 22 scientific staff to 350 and growing its international reputation.


  1. The New York Times, Gita Ramjee, a Leading AIDS Researcher, Dies at 63, 06 April 2020
  2. BBC, Coronavirus: Top South African HIV scientist Gita Ramjee dies, 06 April 2020
  3. Al Jazeera, Acclaimed South African scientist Gita Ramjee dies of coronavirus, 06 April 2020
  4. Dispatch LIVE, AOnline memorial to be held for top HIV researcher Prof Gita Ramjee who died of Covid-19, 06 April 2020
  5. Daily Maverick, CWe have lost a Comrade Professor’ – Farewell to Gita Ramjee, 06 April 2020

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