Dr. Miriam Were will be given the Hideyo Noguchi award at a ceremony in Japan next week during the fourth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD IV). She was formerly Kenya’s National Aids Control Council chairperson, and was instrumental in watching the Kenya’s AIDS prevalence fall to the current low of 4 percent from a high of 11 percent in 2000.
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa prize honors individuals and organizations with outstanding achievements in the field of medical research and medical services in combating infectious and other diseases in Africa.
Prof Were is a medical doctor and former United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) director in Ethiopia. She has also served as the World Health Organization (WHO) representative and chief of mission in Ethiopia.