Dr Pavitra Pillay is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology. She has a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Public Health from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has 24 years’ experience in the academic sector. Part of her portfolio entails chairing the Faculty of Health Sciences COVID-19 Response Committee, overseeing faculty health and safety as well as greening the faculty environment. She is also the co-director of the centre for Bilharzia and Tropical Health Research (CBTHR), a non-profit research organization which consists of global scientists who are committed to contribute to the improvement of outcomes for patients and health professionals with a special focus on health interventions and research on the female health, adolescent health, reproductive health, HIV transmission, and gender issues. Her research interests include women’s health, particularly cervical cancer, HPV, risky adolescent sexual behaviour and the diagnostic aspects of the link between female genital schistsomiasis and cervical cancer. Other research interests include infectious diseases, public health and epidemiology.