TOKYO, Japan, March 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Laureates of the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize
March 13, 2013
1 The Government of Japan announces today its decision to award the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize as follows.
Medical Research category:
Dr. Peter PIOT (Belgium),
Director and Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical Services category :
Dr. Alex Godwin COUTINHO (Uganda)
Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Institute
(The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Committee (Chair, Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies) selected final candidates among individuals or organisations recommended by each sub-committee (medical research category and medical services category), and the Prime Minister made a final decision of the laureates on the basis of the recommendation by the Committee).
2 The Prize aims to honour individuals or organisations with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind (Cabinet Decision of July 28, 2006). The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize is composed of a citation, a medal and an honorarium of 100 million yen for each category. The honorarium is disbursed from the government of Japan and the donations both national and international.
3 The awarding ceremony of the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize will be organized on June 1, the first day of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) to be held in Yokohama from June 1 to 3, 2013 with African leaders’ participation.
(The awarding ceremony of the inaugural Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was held on May 28, 2008 on the occasion of TICAD IV.)