'Women still have to prove we can be scientists': SA’s 'queen' of epidemiology
Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a woman of substance, writes Nivashni Nair. She also has a thing about pot plants
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim had a garden at her previous Durban home. Now living in a flat, she uses what little spare time she has to nurture greenery in pots. Two ginger plants that have grown to maturity and a vibrant pumpkin patch have restored her ego, she says.
It is strange to think that a woman of her accomplishments would need ego-boosting. Quarraisha (to differentiate her from her fellow professor and husband of the same surname) is one half — some, including her husband, say the smarter half — of SA’s royal couple of epidemiology...