Nonhlanhla Yende Zuma first South African black woman to obtain PhD in Biostatistics

Dr Nonhlanhla Yende Zuma is the  South Africa's first black woman to obtain a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. 

She is the Head of Biostatistics and Data Management at the world-renowned Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), where she has accumulated vast experience in analysing clinical trials data and design of such studies.

Dr Yende-Zuma holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics, a Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Statistics from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN). 

"At a young age, I acquired the strength to motivate myself and that has kept me going and has pushed me to achieve more than what I ever dreamt of."

"Since Biostatistics (and statistics in general) is a scarce skill in South Africa, I plan to mentor as many young Biostatisticians as possible, especially young women. I would like to encourage young women to dream big and work hard. There are no limitations to what you can achieve if you believe in yourself and work hard," said Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma. 

Article & Photo By Women Power in Africa 

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