- Francis Gervase Omaswa and Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum of Uganda and Congo have been awarded the Third Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for their medical services and research work
- The prize was instituted in memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi and is given to men and women who have contributed greatly to humanity through medicine
- Omaswa is a Ugandan cardiovascular surgeon and is a chancellor of one of the 41 licensed universities in his country
- Muyembe-Tamfum is an expert in virology and was one of the people that confronted the outbreak of Ebola in the country
Francis Gervase Omaswa and Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum of Uganda and Congo respectively have been awarded the Third Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for their immense inputs to medical research and humanitarian services on the African continent.
Omaswa got the prize because he has been able to address the crisis inherent in the global health workforce and built a health system that is pro-people around the globe.
On the other hand, Muyembe-Tamfum got the award for his research work that has been able to take on the challenge of Ebola head-on and his passionate effort in adequately training people who can handle deadly viruses and diseases.
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was instituted to honour people with great achievements in medical research and services aimed at combating infectious and other diseases on the continent.
The prize was officially called The Prize in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Medical Research and Medical Services in Africa Awarded in Memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi, and was first awarded in July 2006.
A brief public profile on Omaswa describes him as a Ugandan cardiovascular surgeon, an academic and administrator. He is the present chancellor of Busitema University in Uganda, a position he has held since 2009.
He was born in 1943 in Mukula village in the country and has had a very fulfilling professional life.
Jean-Jacques is the current general director of National Institute for Biomedical Research and was one of the first active teams that confronted the outbreak of Ebola in his country. He had his medical education at the Lovanium University in Congo where he specialized in microbiology.
He then proceeded to Belgium to get his PhD in virology at the University of Leuven, where he worked on different viral infections using mouse as his models for his many experiments.
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