Prof Saiqa Mullick, MBBCh MSc MPH PhD, is Reader/Associate Professor and Director of Implementation Science at Wits RHI. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and currently oversees a portfolio of programmes addressing introduction of innovative approaches and technologies for HIV prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her experience is primarily in sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention research with a focus on adolescent girls and young women.
She has supported the introduction of oral PrEP in South Africa and currently serves as principal investigator on a number of trials evaluating integrated service delivery approaches for young women. She served as Deputy Director on the Optimising Prevention Technology Introduction on Schedule (OPTIONS) Consortium, a USAID-funded project focused on research and access for HIV prevention for women, providing co-leadership and strategic direction for this consortium of nine international organisations working primarily in three countries (South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe). She is now a member of the Strategic Leadership Group of the Maximising Options to Advance Informed Choice for HIV Prevention (MOSAIC) project, which is a multi-country, multi-product global project accelerating the introduction and scaling up of new and emerging biomedical prevention products.
She serves on a number of national and international technical expert committees, including the national PrEP Technical Working Group, the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), Fast Track Cities Implementation Science Fund Expert Advisory Committee, and the WHO STI Guidelines Development Group. She serves as an advisor to the Lancet HIV-IAPAC Commission on the future of urban HIV responses and co-chaired the WHO Technical Working Group on Strategic Information for HIV prevention. She has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences on HIV prevention, integrated services, adolescent health and sexually transmitted infections. She has also been an invited member of these conferences’ scientific committees and has served as track chair for both local and international conferences. Most recently, she served as track co-chair for Implementation Science at the Adherence 2020 Conference, and is track chair for Implementation Science at the South African AIDS Conference 2023.