The Government of Japan has announced the selection of the winners of the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. Mindful that the health challenges facing Africa are among the most serious around the globe, this Prize recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed to combatting infectious and other diseases in Africa, thereby enhancing the health and welfare of African people and of all humankind. The Prize covers two categories: medical research and medical services.
The Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Laureate in the medical research category is Dr. Peter Piot of Belgium, selected in recognition of “his pivotal research on diseases endemic to much of the African continent, including HIV, Ebola, chlamydia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea”. Dr. Piot is currently Director and Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).
The Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Laureate in the medical services category is Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda, who is being recognized for “his pioneering efforts to expand access to life-sparing medicine for people infected with HIV”. Dr. Coutinho is currently Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Institute, Makerere University (Uganda).
These Prizes will be presented by Japanese Prime Minister Abe on 1 June 2013, on the first day of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V). The Prize Laureate in each category will receive a citation, a medal and an honorarium of 100 million yen.
On 4 June, at the United Nations University in Tokyo, the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Laureates will deliver commemorative addresses at an event organized by the Cabinet Office of Japan and the United Nations University. The time of this event, and the titles of the Prize Laureates’ lectures, will be announced later on this website.
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was established by the Government of Japan to commemorate the work of Japanese microbiologist Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876–1928), who conducted research in Africa and around the world on yellow fever, leptospirosis, trachoma and other infectious diseases, and who in 1911 discovered the infectious agent of syphilis.
This Prize is awarded every five years to coincide with TICAD. The recipients of the inaugural Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, awarded on 28 May 2008 on the occasion of TICAD IV, were Prof. Sir Brian Greenwood, Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (medical research category), and Prof. Miriam K. Were, Chairperson of Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council (medical services category).
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.