Laureates to Speak on Global Health Challenges and on HIV in Uganda


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    2013•06•04    14:30 - 16:30

    The 2nd Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Laureates — Dr. Peter Piot of Belgium and Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda — will deliver Hideyo Noguchi commemorative addresses at United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo on 4 June 2013.

    Dr. Peter Piot will address global health challenges — new and old. Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho will talk about his experience of expanding access to medical treatment for HIV sufferers in Uganda. These talks and the subsequent conversation will be moderated by the UNU Rector, David M. Malone.

    The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize honours individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa.The prize was established by the Government of Japan in July 2006 in memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, whose contribution to medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remain a model of professionalism. It is awarded once every five years, coinciding with the convening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

    Peter-PIOT_120x120pxDr. Peter Piot of Belgium, currently Director and Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), was awarded the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in the medical research category for his work with diseases endemic to much of the African continent, including HIV, Ebola, chlamydia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea.

    Alex-Godwin-COUTINHO_120x120pxDr. Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda, currently Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University (Uganda), is the winner of the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in the medical services category for his pioneering efforts to expand access to life-sparing medicine for people infected with HIV.

    This event is co-organized by the United Nations University, the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, and the Science Council of Japan in association with the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

    This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration (by 3 June) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration form.

    Japanese–English interpretation will be provided.

    For those who are unable to attend the event, a live webcast will be available on the UNU Video Portal.

    For more information, including a press release and messages from the Prize Laureates, see the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize page on the Japan Government Cabinet Office website.

    For more information on UNU activities in African countries please visit the Priority Africa Website.


    U Thant International Conference Hall
    United Nations University
    5-53-70 Jingumae
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925