- The stunning and brilliant Caroline Pule has joined the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus
- The Stellenbosch University doctoral candidate has signed up to the CrowdFight Covid-19 initiative
- Pule says the struggle against the virus had hit her hard but the passion for her field has driving her forward
Caroline Pule, a doctoral candidate from Stellenbosch University, has added her immense expertise to the fight against the coronavirus.
Joining the CrowdFight Covid-19 initiative, a global organisation enabling scientists from across the world to work together against the pandemic, Pule revealed the journey has been emotional:
“Noticing what this COVID-19 pandemic is doing, hit me very hard and I could not stop shedding tears of sadness. Due to my passion for global health, medical research and ensuring we have a disease-free nation, I got the urge to come forward and contribute in any way possible to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.”
As a medical scientist with a background in working against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB) as well as serving several organisations, Pule says it just made sense to do something about the crisis, even if it was simply volunteering.
As a researcher in TB at the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics within the SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, she also shares her passion for science at schools through outreach programmes, is the vice-chair of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, South African National Chapter.
This lovely woman is also the founder of the Caroline Pule Science and Literacy Foundation (CPSLF) that has a number of initiatives, including book donations, science clubs, a literacy centres campaign and a mentorship programme.
Briefly.co.za reported that over 300 Stellenbosh University students had also opted to spend their recess contributing in the battle against the virus.
From helping man tracing centres to medical students helping at local hospitals, the students are doing their best to help Mzansi overcome.
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