Japan Awards South African Scientists for Covid-19 & HIV Works

ADDIS ABABA – The Government of Japan awarded the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize to Drs. Salim S. Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim of South Africa for Medical Research Category.

The renowned couple professors were honored for their global contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment through rigorous research and for their scientific leadership in the response to Covid-19.

The Abdool Karims played a key role in the national response against Covid-19 in South Africa, with Salim serving as Chair and Quarraisha as a member of the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19.

Apart from the two health scientists, Japanese officials also recognized the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program in Africa with an award in Medical Services Category.

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was given to the Program for the near eradication of Guinea worm disease.

The awarding ceremony of the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize will be organized at the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) to be held in Tunisia in late August.

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize is named after a prominent Japanese bacteriologist who died of yellow fever in Ghana in 1928 while studying methods to prevent and treat the disease.

It is awarded to “those who made outstanding achievements” in the fields of medical research and medical activities to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa.

Featured Image Caption: Profs Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim at the Center for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) headquarters (Photo Credit: Matthew Henning)

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