Abdool Karim joins World Health Organization’s elite Science Council panel


The world-renowned scientist joins elite panel of leading figures to advise WHO on key health matters.


Announced by the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in a statement on Monday, the world renowned South African infectious disease epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has been appointed as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Science Council. The nine-member council was established by the WHO’s director-general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, to directly advise the organisation about high-priority scientific issues. The Council’s membership comprises of the world’s leading health researchers and is chaired by Nobel Laureate Dr Harold Varmus. Abdool Karim, who is director of CAPRISA, recently stepped down as the co-chair of South Africa’s Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee to focus on HIV-related work.


In his new role as member of the Science Council, he will be working alongside a distinguished panel of influential figures to provide counsel to WHO regarding how to respond to “…health problems such as global health threats, interpret the latest scientific and medical knowledge, and identify the latest advances in technology to improve health globally,” according to CAPRISA’s statement. “Pandemics such as AIDS and Covid-19 have highlighted the important role of science in global health. I am looking forward to participating in this Council providing scientific advice to WHO on future developments in health that the world needs to be better prepared for,” said Abdool Karim in the statement.