The huge honour will be bestowed on Karim‚ an ex-maths and science teacher‚ will be awarded with the Doctor Litterarum et Philosophiae (honoris causa) during UJ’s second graduation series at Auckland Park Kingsway campus on Wednesday at 5pm.

“With extensive research contributions that spans over 25 years‚ Prof Abdool Karim’s commitment to create a deeper understanding on the growing HIV epidemic in South Africa and the factors influencing acquisition of HIV infection in adolescent girls‚ it is evident with worldwide acknowledgements of her work‚” said Prof Andre Swart‚ Executive Dean of the Faculty of Heath Sciences at UJ.

Swart said Karim was the embodiment of a “true South African ambassador‚ in context of both traditional and modern Africa”.

“Her work has had a profound impact on HIV treatment and prevention policies at a national and global level. The conferral of the honorary doctoral degree is in recognition of her work that has contributed greatly towards improving the quality of life of women in Africa‚” said Swart.