Ashraf Coovadia

Principal Specialist , Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital,University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Head of Paediatric HIV Services and Director of the Empilweni Services and Reseach Unit (ESRU).

Completed his undergraduate training at the University of Zambia in 1990 and his paediatric postgraduate training at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998.

Since 1998 he has championed the cause of Paediatric HIV/AIDS and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).

Children Sector representative on SANAC (South African National AIDS Council) since 2007 and is currently the sector leader.

Expert on national Paediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (of HIV) guidelines committees and

Actively involved with research projects involving women and children who are HIV-infected.

Active instructor – An instructor on the Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) course as well as Neonatal Resuscitation training. Past member of the executive of the Resusciation Council of Southern Africa serving as the Paediatric representative on the Paediatric Task Force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) from 2001-2010.

Principal Investigator on a few clinical studies involving HIV-infected children and adolescents.