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Professor Fred Newton Binka receives prestigious Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award

15 November 2016

The EDCTP Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize was given to Professor Fred Newton Binka in recognition of his outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa. The ceremony took place at the EDCTP Forum in Lusaka, Zambia during the closing session on 9 November 2016. The award consists of a trophy and 50,000 euro.  Professor Charles Mgone, former Executive Director of EDCTP, presented the award to Prof. Fred Binka.

Prof. Fred Newton Binka (r.), winner of the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize with EDCTP Executive Director Dr Michael Makanga

Prof. Fred Binka is one of the most respected public health physicians in Africa. He was responsible for major research initiatives, including showing the public health impact of vitamin A supplementation, insecticide-impregnated bed nets, and rotavirus and meningitis vaccination. His work as founding director of the INDEPTH network has been key to documenting the burden of mortality and morbidity in African countries and provided the framework for multiple intervention trials. He made substantial contributions to the setting up of the Roll Back Malaria Programme and of EDCTP.

Prof. Binka also set up the Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance, which strengthened multiple centres to conduct trials of malaria treatments and vaccines and the INDEPTH Effectiveness and Safety Studies which are assessing the effectiveness and safety of new antimalarials. As Dean of the Ghana School of Public Health and as the Founding Vice-Chancellor of a new University in Ghana he has made outstanding innovations in capacity strengthening.

Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize

The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize aims to reward an individual in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa with significant impact on the wellbeing of the African population.

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