Since the early 1980s when the HIV pandemic was first recognised, 70 million people have been infected by HIV and 35 million people have died of HIV/AIDS. In this inaugural lecture, Prof Rashida Ferrand reflects on her career, from clinical care in Africa at the peak of the epidemic in the pre-antiretroviral therapy era, to research with adolescents and young people with HIV in Zimbabwe.
Rashida has been based in Zimbabwe for over 15 years, a period of severe political and economic turmoil in the country, and she discusses the structural inequalities in global health as well as the racial and gender hierarchies that pervade global health research.
About the speaker
Prof Rashida Ferrand (FRCP, MSc, PhD) has worked in Africa since 2003 firstly as a clinician and subsequently as a clinical epidemiologist. She was involved in the establishment of the first HIV treatment services as antiretroviral therapy was rolled out in Zimbabwe from 2004. She joined the Department of Clinical Research at LSHTM in 2007 as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research fellow, completing her PhD in 2010. Her doctoral work highlighted the substantial numbers of adolescents growing up with previously unidentified perinatally-acquired HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since 2012, she has been based full-time in Zimbabwe where she established and directs the Zimbabwe-LSHTM Research partnership that focuses on adolescent health, HIV prevention and care, including the chronic long-term complications of HIV infection. Prof Ferrand is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science, and has previously received three Wellcome Trust fellowships.