The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation expresses their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Jerry Coovadia who passed away today. Professor Coovadia, a giant in the world of paediatrics and a true champion of public health, leaves behind a legacy of compassion, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of countless individuals, especially the youngest, living with HIV. His tireless efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, particularly in the early days of the epidemic, were groundbreaking. Professor Coovadia’s pioneering research paved the way for critical advancements in the prevention of vertical HIV transmission, saving countless lives and offering hope to generations to come. Professor Coovadia was a mentor, a teacher, and a role model to many. His passion for educating the next generation of healthcare professionals was unwavering, and his influence extended far beyond the confines of the classroom. He instilled in his students not only the importance of scientific rigor but also the values of empathy, integrity, and social responsibility. Professor Coovadia’s work extended well beyond the borders of South Africa, as he actively engaged with international organizations, contributing his expertise in pragmatic paediatric care and public health which was also so critical in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. His collaborative spirit and willingness to share knowledge played a pivotal role in shaping global health policy and practice. Our CEO, Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker reflects “as a very young medical officer starting out in Northern KZN in the 1980s, I was so thrilled to meet the clinician and paediatrician who had written the “green book” on paediatrics – it was inspiring! And Jerry was an inspiration then and remained so as I got to know that his very practical and pragmatic approach to ensuring all children got excellent care extended to the HIV response and public health in general. He was a wonderful clinician, committed to the cause and plight of children in this country and on this continent. We will remember and convey our deepest condolences to his wife and family.” The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation is deeply grateful for the legacy Professor Coovadia leaves behind. His work will continue to inspire us as we strive to build a healthier, more equitable world for all. In memory of Professor Jerry Coovadia, let us rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of a world where health and well-being are accessible to all, as he so passionately believed.