Congratulations are in order for Prof Nelesh Govender who was recently promoted to Professor in the School of Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Govender began his career in public health 15 years ago when was the appointed head of the Centre for Healthcare-Associated Infections, Antimicrobial Resistance and Mycoses Surveillance (GERMS) at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
His position allows him to work closely with the National Department of Health (NDOH) in generating evidence that will help guide government policy.
As the President of the Federation of Infectious Disease Societies of Southern Africa and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Govender’s area of expertise includes medical mycology and AMR, in specific antifungal resistance. With impressive MBBCh, DTM&H, FCPath (Micro) qualifications under his belt, his career success includes leading the implementation and evaluation of a national cryptococcal disease screen-and-treat intervention in the country, serving as a co-chair of the South African cryptococcal disease guidelines panel and being a member of the World Health Organization’s cryptococcal disease and advanced HIV disease guidelines panel.