Obituary -Prof James Gita Hakim

James G. Hakim, MBChB, MRCP, was a Professor of Medicine; formerly Chair of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA. He was a cardiologist and an outstanding researcher who was passionate about eradication of HIV/AIDS through HIV prevention and treatment research.

Prof Hakim trained at Makerere University, Uganda (MBChB); University of Nairobi, Kenya (MMed-internal medicine); Royal Colleges of Physicians UK (MRCP-UK); University of Newcastle, Australia (MMedSci-Clinical Epidemiology); University of Cape Town (Health Professions Education). He held a post-doc in Cardiology at Aachen, Germany. He was a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. He was nominated for an award of a Doctor of Science in Medicine from University College London at a graduation ceremony in July 2016.

He had diverse research interests in HIV/AIDS including antiretroviral therapy, prevention, opportunistic Infections, and long-term complications of HIV/AIDS. He was the local Principal Investigator of the landmark HPTN 052 trial which showed ART was effective in preventing HIV transmission. He was a member of several scientific organisation including WHO Adult & Adolescent Guidelines Review (2009-10), UNAIDS Advisory Committee member (2014-2021), Glasgow HIV Therapy program member (2006-2021), ICASA 2015-Host and Local chair for the 2015 meeting, ACTG and HPTN/DIADS networks member, Editorial Board Clinical Infectious Diseases (2007-2021).

He passed away on Tuesday 26th of January 2021 at St. Anne’s Hospital in Harare.

Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Hakim and entire family.

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Obituary – Alfred Chingono


Alfred Chingono, M.Sc , was a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and the Health Social Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine.  He held a Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences (Design, Measurement and Evaluation in Health Care) from McMaster University and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. He was a founding member of the National AIDS Co-ordination Program of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Zimbabwe, where he held the portfolio of national counselling coordinator with responsibilities for training health workers and other paraprofessionals in HIV / AIDS counselling.  He was also a facilitator and trainer in HIV/AIDS counselling for the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS (WHO-GPA).

Among his many accomplishments, he served as Principal Investigator at the Zimbabwe site for the NIMH-sponsored Project Accept/HPTN 043, a large multi-site clinical trial of behavioural interventions to increase awareness of HIV status and reduce new infections.  He was also Co-Principal Investigator for the Zimbabwe site on the Shaping the Health of Adolescents in Zimbabwe (SHAZ) Plus project and the NICHD-funded study Disclosure Intervention for Zimbabwean Parents.

He died on Thursday 28th of January 2021 in Harare.

Our deepest condolences to the Chingono family

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