Fatima Laher

"Early in my career, I was fortunate to be part of the encouraging revolution for my HIV-infected patients who started treatments and became better. Even so, it became clear that we need to prevent new cases. Now, I am fortunate to use my life to end HIV.”

- Dr Fatima Laher,
Director of the PHRU Vaccines Research Centrer

Dr Fatima Laher MBBCh Dip HIV Man (SA)
Director: Vaccines Research Centre

A medical doctor and a widely-published researcher in HIV/TB treatment, Dr Fatima Laher currently directs vaccines clinical research at the PHRU. The HIV Vaccines Trials Network (HVTN) has awarded her the HVTN Citizenship Award in recognition of her contributions to the field, and the HVTN Mentorship Award. The Inter Academy Medical Panel (IAMP) awarded her as a Young Physician Leader. At present, she is the Soweto HIV Vaccines Trial Network (HVTN) CRS Leader, co-chair of multiple ground-breaking vaccine research protocols with the HVTN, co-chair of the HVTN Training and Education Committee and co-chair of the HVTN Scientific Review Committee. She has a joint appointment at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, her alma mater. Early in her career, Dr Fatima Laher's work on efavirenz in pregnancy was cited in the World Health Organisation safety review on the subject.