Prof Salim And Quarraisha Abdool Karim are selected Laureates of the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize - Medical Research category

15 August 2022

We have the pleasure to inform you that Professors Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim have been selected as laureates by the Government of Japan as joint recipients of the prestigious Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Prize, in the Medical Research category for their global contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment through scientifically rigorous research, for their role in training African scientists and for their scientific leadership in the response to Covid-19 in Africa. We wish to congratulate them on this phenomenal and richly deserved recognition!   

The prize, which one of the most prestigious by Japan, was established in honour of an outstanding Japanese medical scientist, Dr Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) and aims to honour individuals and organisations that are at the frontline of continuing challenge to solve the world’s common issues of combatting infectious disease.

The awards ceremony hosted by Japan’s Prime Minister will be organized at the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), which is being held jointly with African Heads of State under the AU – Japan meeting to be held in Tunisia on the 28th of August 2022. 

The second category on Medical Services, has been won by the Carter Centre for its work on Guinea worm eradication.

“We are deeply honoured to be joint recipients of the prestigious Noguchi Medical Research Award as it affirms that African scientists are leading and making important contributions in the global fight against AIDS, TB and Covid-19. It recognises our multi-disciplinary research team of over 300, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, statisticians and laboratory scientists;  thousands of volunteers;   collaborators and sponsors across the world. But, the task is not yet complete - this award inspires us to do even more to prevent and treat infectious diseases that threaten Africa’s prosperity.” Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim.

Photo (L-R): CAPRISA Director, Professor Salim Abdool Karim and CAPRISA Associate Scientific Director, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim.