WHAT IS HIDEYO NOGUCHI AFRICA PRIZE?

Medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa

Dr Hideyo Noguchi

The spread of infectious diseases presents a common threat to all humankind. Mindful that Africa faces this scourge most acutely, the Government of Japan established the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in July 2006 in memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) whose belief in medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remain a beacon of inspiration to all.

Laureates for the previous Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

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Dr Peter PIOT

Director and Professor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Dr Alex COUTINHO

Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Institute

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Miriam K. Were

Doctor of Public Health, Health Planning and Management

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Brian Greenwood

Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine

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Noguchi Hideyo was born in Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture in 1876. When he was one and a half years old, he fell into a fireplace and suffered a burn injury on his left hand. There was no doctor in the small village, but one of the men examined the boy. “The fingers of the left hand are mostly gone,” he said, “and the left arm, the left foot, and the right hand are burned; I don’t know how badly.”

In spite of these early difficulties, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi became a Medical researcher who investigated causes of diseases in Asia before moving to the United States of America.  From there he carried out investigations in USA and Latin America as well as Europe before coming to investigate the cause of yellow fever in Ghana from which he died.