Dear colleagues and students
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mrs Nomandla Yako-Udogwu (42), who passed away in the early hours of Monday, 29 June 2020 due to COVID-19 related complications.
Mrs Yako-Udogwu worked as a counsellor at the Research Centre for Adolescent and Child Health (REACH), a paediatric clinical research unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, for close to eight years, mainly working with adolescents living with HIV.
Her colleagues will remember her as an extraordinary woman who overcame so much, and who was very caring and committed to the children and families with whom she worked. She was a leader and educator in the Treatment Action Campaign and a strong activist against HIV denialism and for antiretroviral drugs access for all.
The REACH unit will host a Zoom tribute session on Friday, 10 July at 15:00 in celebration of her life. Her funeral will be held on Monday, 6 July.
She is survived by her husband, Sonny Ibezim Udogwu and their children Thamsanqa, Mario and Chima, as well as her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
The university has reached out to offer support to the family, and our heartfelt condolences go out to them and all who knew Mrs Yako-Udogwu.
The UCT Executive
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