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Professor Emeritus
Current nationality: 
South Africa
Current residence: 
South Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Coutsoudis is a public health scientist and professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained her PhD (1993) at the University of Natal and has made important contributions in child nutrition, breastfeeding and prevention of mother to child transmission. Her recent awards include: 2004 Nutrition Society of South Africa Award for her contribution to nutrition research in South Africa; 2005 Amnesty International, South Africa, for protecting human rights in South Africa; 2006 Convocation of University of KwaZulu-Natal for outstanding contribution to medical science and society; and 2009 Academy of Sciences of South Africa, Science for Society Gold Medal. Her membership includes Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the National Academy of Sciences, South Africa. In 2000 she established the first community based breastmilk bank in South Africa specifically to provide donor breastmilk to AIDS orphans and was one of the founder members of the Human Milk Banking Association of South Africa, which she currently chairs. She is involved in setting up low cost technology for human milk banks.
Sustainable Development Goals: 
2 - Zero hunger
3 - Good health and well-being
5 - Gender equality
Child health; infant nutrition; prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV; HIV/AIDS, breastfeeding, human milk banking
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Country of birth: 
South Africa
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
Last updated on 03/04/2018