Prof Olive Shisana receives ASSAf gold medal

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ISSC Ex-President Olive Shisana was honoured by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) with a gold medal. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) annually awards up to two Science-for-Society Gold Medals for outstanding achievement in scientific thinking to the benefit of society. This year, HSRC CEO Prof. Olive Shisana was recognised for her contributions in the campaign to understand and contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

The statement made by the ASSAf read:

“She was one of the founders of the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, as well as the Maternal and Child Mortality Surveillance. Her recurrent national household surveys on HIV/AIDS prevalence, practices and attitudes have greatly influenced the HIV/AIDS campaign in our region. She has served on many national and international scientific committees and advisory boards, such the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance, the US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Methodological Challenges in HIV Prevention Trials, the Emory University Global Health Institute Advisory Board, the South African National AIDS Council and the chair of the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Board.  She has recently been appointed to head the South Africa’s BRICS Think Tank and is Chair of the Council of BRICS Think Tanks as well as the AIDS 2016 Global Conference South African Co-chair.”