Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development has called for nominations for its 2021 award in the health category.
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences made this known in a statement on Monday.
It said the Al-Sumait Prize in the health category was open to individuals and organisations delivering pioneering and high-impact contributions to solving health challenges in Africa.
The foundation explained the award was with a special focus in the 2021 cycle on the utilisation of effective frameworks and programmes to resolve and manage health crises such as COVID-19 and infectious zoonotic diseases.
Director General of KFAS, Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, said, “The 2021 prize recognizes individuals and institutions who contributed in substantial ways to improvements within the field of health, including developing health care systems on the continent, especially for the underprivileged.”
KFAS noted that the prize awarded $6m over the last five years dedicated to various sectors.
Commenting on the prominence of the prize, a member of Al-Sumait Board of Trustees, Dr. Daniel Gustafson, said, “The Al-Sumait Prize is unique and vital in the way it calls attention to the innovations and the dedication of outstanding individuals and institutions who have contributed to the development of food security, education and health in Africa.
“The integrity and care that goes into the selection process facilitates this recognition, not only for the annual winners, but for every nominee who makes it through the screening process.”
Initiated in 2013, the prize is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organisations that address the challenges facing the Africa.