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EDCTP invites nominations for Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize

9 November 2015

The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize will reward an individual in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements in advancing health research and research capacity development in Africa with significant impact on the wellbeing of the African population. The prize consists of a trophy and a cash prize of € 50,000.

The prize is in recognition of Dr Pascoal Mocumbi, EDCTP’s first High Representative and former Prime Minister of Mozambique, for his outstanding contribution to fostering global partnerships in health research and his support for research capacity strengthening in Africa.

The cash prize shall be used by the award winner to further the capacity development and networking activities contributing to the objectives of the EDCTP2 programme and promote international cooperation between Africa and Europe.

For more information, please access the Dr Mocumbi Prize page.

Invitation for nominations

EDCTP will gratefully receive nominations for this award. To guarantee correct procedure, nominations should be submitted online via EDCTPgrants before 31 January 2016, 17:00 CET. The award winner will be informed by 10 June 2016. The award ceremony will take place at the Eighth EDCTP Forum in Lusaka, Zambia 7-9 November 2016.

Eligibility and award criteria

The nominee must be a resident of a sub-Saharan African country, an EU Member State, or a country associated to the Horizon 2020 programme.

The winner of the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize will be selected according to the following award criteria, which will be assessed by an independent external jury:

  1. Achievements in promoting Africa-Europe partnerships in global health research
  2. Unique contribution to promoting and facilitating the clinical development of products for poverty-related diseases
  3. Achievements in advancing capacity development for health research in sub-Saharan Africa
  4. Achievements in promoting international networking of researchers, policy makers, funders and donors on poverty-related diseases (PRDs).


About Dr Pascoal Mocumbi

Dr Mocumbi assisted EDCTP in building political support for the programme, particularly in Africa during his tenure as High Representative (2004-2013). He was engaged in many international meetings with high-level representatives from Africa and Europe, including a meeting with the then President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and other stakeholders to discuss current and future challenges related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In 2011, he represented EDCTP at the Senior Officers of the EU-AU Meeting (SOM EU-AU) dialogue. Moreover, he addressed the High-Level Meetings on the second EDCTP programme in Cape Town, South Africa (2012), and the Second High-Level Meeting on EDCTP2 in Dakar, Senegal (2013).

Pascoal Mocumbi was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 1994 to 2004. Prior to that, he headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 8 years and the Ministry of Health for 6 years. From 1989 to 1998, Dr Mocumbi served in the World Health Organization’s Task Force on Health and Development. In 2005, he was appointed WHO Good Will Ambassador for Maternal, New-born and Child Health for the African Region. He has also had an active role in other global health initiatives.

Pascoal Mocumbi obtained his medical degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1973. After completing his studies, he returned to Mozambique where he practiced medicine as obstetrician and gynaecologist in hospitals throughout the country before serving in political high office.