We are writing to share the sad news about the passing of one of our very dearest colleagues, Gita Ramjee. The cause of death is from complications of COVID-19.
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel. Gita was a tremendous force within the field and was part of the MTN family from day one. As you all know she directed the MRC CTU in Durban for many years, and in May 2019 refocused her efforts toward spending more time with her sons living in London and enjoying her grandson who is about 6 months old. Gita had a tremendous passion for HIV prevention and she cared deeply about addressing the disparities in HIV incidence in young women. It wasn’t too long ago that she wrote in an email, “It has been a long road with many ups and downs but we have forged along with strong determination.” She was always impeccably dressed. She always had a beautiful manicure. She always had a big smile. We will always appreciate her role in the MTN family.
We will miss Gita and wish her family comfort during this time of unfathomable loss.
Stay well, stay safe.
Warmest wishes to all of you in this difficult time.
Sharon Hillier and Jared Baeten