The United Nations University issued a statement on the prize recognizing individuals or organizations who have contributed to combating infectious and other diseases in Africa.
The Government of Japan on Monday announced the selection of the winners of the awards and the prize covers two categories, medical research and medical services. Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda took the Second Hideyo Noguchi African Prize Laureate in the medical services category.
Dr. Alex Godwin Coutinho of Uganda 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).
This Prize which is awarded every five years 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 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).
Born in Uganda in 1959, Coutinho obtained an MD and an MSc at Makerere University an MPH from University Witwatersrand. Former Chief Executive of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). Current Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Institute – Makerere University.