Dr. Alex Coutinho and Dr. Peter Piot Receive Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Dr. Alex Coutinho and Dr. Peter Piot (pictured right) were awarded the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The prestigious award recognizes their outstanding contributions to fighting infectious disease in Africa.

The award was presented by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said, "Dr. Piot and Dr. Coutinho have bravely challenged fears and prejudices, and have continued their research and activities in Africa."

Dr. Coutinho serves as the Sande-McKinnell Executive Director of Accordia’s flagship center, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University, in Kampala Uganda. Under his leadership, IDI has developed and implemented proven training, prevention, and treatment programs, as well as a world-class research program to evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions. Developing Africa’s health leaders in each of these areas has been a key focus of IDI’s work.  Dr. Coutinho intends to use the grant funding that comes with the Noguchi Prize to invest further in leadership training for African healthcare workers.

“Congratulations to Dr. Coutinho and Dr. Piot. Both men have made invaluable contributions to health in Africa, as well as to Accordia’s work. Under Dr. Coutinho’s guidance and leadership, IDI has become a world-renowned center for infectious disease training, research, and treatment – resulting in better care for the African people for generations to come,” remarked Accordia President & CEO, David Greeley.

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