Japan hosts Noguchi Africa Prize laureates, Profs Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim

13 March 2023
Salim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim laureates of the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, medical research category and the laureates from the Carter Centre, Mr. Adam Weiss and Ms. Meagan Martz, medical services category were hosted by the government of Japan from 12 March. “ The Prize aims to honor individuals or organizations 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 laureates attended a welcome ceremony hosted by the Cabinet Office at the Hotel New Otani Banquet Room Houou, in Japan on 13 March and lectures and dialogue events organized by the Africa Society of Japan on Tuesday 14 March. They met Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The event “AFRI CONVERSE Special Edition: Human Capital Development in Africa: Commemorating the Hideyo Noguchi Award Prize” co-organized by the Cabinet Office, JICA, and UNDP on the occasion of their visit to                 
Photo: Website of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
Japan will be held on Thursday 16th March, 14:00-16:00 (JST) in a hybrid format with speakers and invited audience from key sectors attending in-person in the venue, while general public are invited to join online. The session will discuss the evolving development contexts and priorities on the continent, examine gaps and opportunities in human capital development, as well as successful models of investments pioneered by the laureates engaging multi-sectoral partners.
Investing in people through nutrition, health care, quality education, jobs and skills helps develop human capital, and is a key to ending extreme poverty and creating more inclusive societies. There is mounting evidence that unless they strengthen human capital, countries cannot achieve sustained, inclusive economic growth, will not have a workforce prepared for the more highly skilled jobs of the future, and will not compete effectively in the global economy. Speakers include: Mr. Ikuo TAKIZAWA - Senior Deputy Director-General and Senior Director, Office for COVID-19 Response, Human Development Department, JICA. Dr. Raymond GILPIN - Chief Economist and Head of the Strategy, Analysis and Research Team, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP.
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Photo: (L-R) Ms. Meagan Martz and Mr Adam Weiss Carter Centre, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA