Razeeya embodies the fiery passion of a pharmacist in action.Her experience strengthened her belief that Advocacy should be the second language of every pharmacist in South Africa and we should strive for equitable healthcare for all our patients, close to home. She was instrumental in setting up and training pharmacists in the first oncology pharmacy in the Limpopo Province, providing chemotherapy to patients who previously had to be transported more than 400km for the same care. She instituted clinical pharmacy services at the Pietersburg Hospital, and brought the prestigious very first SAAHIP/Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmacist of the Year award home to Limpopo. Razeeya was a key member of the hospital and Provincial therapeutics committees.
She headed a small dedicated team of doctors, nurses, social workers and counsellors who worked with NGO’s and the DOH to set up sustainable paediatric HIV clinics and render technical assistance for PMTCT across the Limpopo Province, under the auspices of paediatrician Anne Robertson. She has trained health care workers in PMTCT, rational drug use and pharmacovigilance. Razeeya now lectures Clinical Pharmacy at Wits University and has developed the first training for pharmacists in oncology admixing.
She has contributed immensely to the Limpopo branch through active participation in sharing her work at National SAAHIP conferences among other things. Her best moments are doing life with her family. Her advice: Stretch your comfort zone; then stretch it some more.
We appreciate her contributions to the branch and also the pharmacy profession as a whole.