Naeemah is the Deputy Director for the South African Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit. She has a PhD and MPhil in Public Health and started her career as a nurse. She has worked in the area of gender-based violence for over 20 years. She has two honorary appointments: Honorary Associated Professor with UCT Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, as well as Extraordinary Professor with UWC Faculty of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She provides teaching, post-graduate supervision and research support at both universities.

Her special interests are health sector responses to gender-based violence, including the interface between GBV and HIV. Her research skills are in both epidemiological and qualitative methods. Her current research activities include longitudinal research on the impact on rape, sexual assault services – particular adherence to post exposure prophylaxis after rape to prevent HIV, mental health services for rape survivors, social responses to HIV and rape, femicide, child homicide and infanticide. She was also involved in the Global Burden of Disease study in collaboration with WHO and the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently also part of kNOw Violence in Childhood Initiative – a global learning initiative on violence in childhood.