WHO congratulates two leading HIV scientists winning 2013 Noguchi Prize

13 March 2013 ¦ GENEVA — The World Health Organization welcomes the Government of Japan’s decision to award Dr Peter Piot from Belgium and Dr Alex Godwin Coutinho from Uganda with the 2013 Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize.

“We are particularly pleased that the work of two distinguished leaders in the global response to HIV epidemic has been recognized by this prestigious award,” said Dr Hiroki Nakatani, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Dr Peter Piot is the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was the founding director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) during 1995-2004 and is much credited for developing and leading a global multi-sectoral response to HIV, in addition to his work in other areas of global health.

Dr Alex Godwin Coutinho is the Executive Director of the Infectious Disease institute in Uganda who has led The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), one of the biggest AIDS service delivery organizations established in Africa, during 2001-2007.

First awarded in 2008, the Hidyeo Noguchi Prize is the Government of Japan’s top award to honor individuals with outstanding achievements in combating infectious diseases in Africa and worldwide.

“Our work to advance HIV services around the world have greatly benefitted from contributions of both awardees,” said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO’s Director of HIV/AIDS Department. “Dr Piot, as the Executive Director in UNAIDS fostered strong collaboration with WHO throughout his term, and Dr Coutinho has served as member of our Strategic Technical and Advisory Committee over the past decade advising us on our international efforts to increase HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.”

The 2013 Hidyeo Noguchi Awards will be officially presented at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference to take place on 1-3 June 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.

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