Prime Minister Mr. Koizumi announced "Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize" during his visit to Africa in May 2006. The prize is granted in 2 sections, the prize for the medical contribution for health problems of Africa and other one is contribution for health care, which attracts the attention of not only Africa but also the world. The award ceremony is held in this end of May joining with TICAD. On this occasion, 2 winners were decided and announced. Although I had played a role of the chief of selection committee member, I was very glad for getting out the unanimous conclusion.
Mr. Greenwood from England was awarded in the medical field had played an active role in the medical field for 30 years in Africa as a doctor and contributed for the various measures against malaria and infective diseases.
In the health care field, Dr. Were of Kenya was awarded. Despite many objections, ｓhe also built the fundamental sanitation environment over 40 years keeping focus especially on females and children and continued it steadily. She has great contribution in promoting the health in Kenya as well as in Africa.
This news was reported all over the world especially at Rockefeller University, WHO(which very much supported Dr. Noguchi as his centers of activities), UZIMA Foundation and World Bank(which are the center of activities of Dr. Were).
I think this is a good opportunity to give momentum to Japan leadership towards TICAD in May and G8 summit in July though.
Following sites are the news reports and responses from various countries. Please refer it.
Roll Back Malaria Partnership
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medicines for Malaria Venture
Association of School of Public Health
Global Health Council
Society for International Development
University 500 news
<press coverage inside Japan> (English version. There were many articles in Japanese.)
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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Africa Science News Service
Africa News Source
The Nations (Kenya)
Medical News Today
Medical Health Articles
Health Care Industry
a2 media group
Med Store News
Latin America News Agency
Kinhua PR Newswire
Institute of Medical Infomation/Medical Library in China
YNCDC in China
However, still Japan's Overseas Aid has declined remarkably. In the 1990's, it was world's No.1, having great contribution in revival of Asia and also in growth. Now Japan, still the world's 2nd country in GDP, is
on the 5th place and it is assumed to be distanced by US, Germany, France and also by UK. It is predicted to be distanced one after another by Holland, Spain etc. Although it is the financial condition, it is regrettable. It becomes a national reliance and trust problem. Japan has difficulty in changing its policies.
Though the world has changed rapidly, Japan is too focused to domestic issues to change. Isn’t it? The leaders respectively from government, bureaucracy, industry and academia have to contribute definitely. Anyone can give reasons for not doing something. Responsibility is the behavior.