Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize

This 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 capacity strengthening in Africa.

Objective of the prize

During his 10-year-tenure as High Representative of EDCTP (2004-2013), Dr Mocumbi worked to promote capacity development initiatives and networking, as well as championing African ownership in various partnerships. He urged policy makers to support funding of health research in their own countries and to commit themselves to solving national health problems. 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.

Expected result

The prize will not only allow rewarding specific achievements, but will also raise awareness with a more general public on both the prize winner and his/her specific achievements, and the EDCTP2 programme.

The Prize

The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize consists of a recognition trophy and a cash prize of € 50,000. The cash prize shall be used by the prize 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.

Eligibility criteria

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

Prize criteria

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).

Nomination procedure

Nominations must be submitted online via EDCTPgrants by 31 January 2016 at 17:00 CET.

Decisions on the award will be made by an independent external jury.

The evaluation results will be available by 10 June 2016. The prize will be awarded to the contestant who, in the opinion of the independent external jury, has made outstanding, original and excellent contributions and achievements in the above-stated fields. The prize winner shall be notified through an official letter from the EDCTP Executive Director. This award letter will clearly stipulate when the prize will be announced publicly, and the process and conditions for payment of the cash prize.

More information

For questions related to this call for nominations, please contact: Dr Michelle Singh at singh[at]edctp.org.

About Dr Pascoal Mocumbi

Dr Pascoal Mocumbi

During his tenure as High Representative, Dr Mocumbi assisted EDCTP in building political support, particularly in Africa. He was engaged in many international meetings with high-level representatives from Africa and Europe, including a meeting with the 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).

He 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.