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President Braga to serve a second term

Benedito BragaBenedito BragaBenedito Braga has been elected to serve his second term as President of the World Water Council, on the occasion of the Council’s triennial General Assembly, which took place in Marseille, France on 14 November 2015.

President Braga said “I am honored that the World Water Council has placed their faith in me for another term as President. Working closely with our members we have been able to make water a global and local priority. However, there is still much to be done. In particular, we need to continue our work to place water at the heart of the global climate agenda. We need world leaders to realize that climate is water, and water is climate. I very much look forward to continuing to leading the Council in this important work.”

Professor Sir Brian Greenwood awarded the 2015 MRC Millennium Medal

Prof Sir Brian GreenwoodProf Sir Brian GreenwoodProfessor Sir Brian Greenwood has been awarded the prestigious MRC Millennium Medal Award by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The Millennium Medal, which was inaugurated in 2000, recognizes MRCfunded scientists for outstanding research.

Prof Greenwood, Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has spent 50 years carrying out research in Africa, with a focus on some of the major infectious diseases killing children – malaria, meningitis and pneumonia. His research has influenced national and international public health policies, and his methods for clinical studies and trials of drugs and vaccines have reinvented field research in tropical medicine.

Woman with No Medical Degree Finds Cure for Malaria, Wins Nobel Prize

Tu YouyouTu YouyouTu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize. The 84-year-old won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine for creating a drug to fight malaria and she did so with no medical degree, no doctorate, and no time spent working overseas. It’s amazing.

In the 1960s, when Tu was an undergrad in Pharmacology, she was sent to work on a cure for malaria at the behest of Chinese leader Mao Zedong. She studied ancient texts and finally came upon information that in 400 AD, people used sweet wormwood to treat it with some success.

Tu studied more, worked on her recipe, and finally made a discovery that led to a drug that combats malaria-carrying parasites. Today, that drug is used world-wide and is credited with saving millions of lives.

New Country Lead Appointed for Amref Health Africa in Kenya.

Dr Meshack NdiranguDr Meshack NdiranguAmref Health Africa has appointed Dr Meshack Ndirangu as the Country Director for the organization’s programme in Kenya

Announcing the appointment today, Amref Health Africa CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi congratulated Dr Ndirangu on his new role.

“The Chairman of Amref Health Africa in Kenya Board and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Meshack Ndirangu as the Country Director, Amref Health Africa in Kenya with effect from September 01, 2015. Dr Ndirangu was recruited through a competitive process after acting in the same position since November 2014. He brings to the Country Director role over 17 years of progressive experience providing technical and managerial leadership for health programmes in the organization and in the public sector,” said Dr Gitahi in a statement to staff.

Mamadou Dia awarded IWA Development Award for transforming the Senegalese water sector

Eng Mamadou DiaEng Mamadou DiaMamadou Dia has played a key key role in transforming the water sector in Senegal to be a leader in Africa. Amongst his many notable achievements he is awarded the IWA Development Award for Practice for increasing access to water services, particularly amongst poor communities; improving the quality of water services; and contributing to the International Water Association’s work on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.

The award was presented at the IWA Water and Development Congress (Jordan, October 18-22) A Senegalese hydraulic engineer with a 38-year track record in the African water sector, Mamadou Dia has played a key role in turning Sénégalaise Des Eaux (SDE) into a success story: first as Deputy Director General between 1996 and 2006, and then as Managing Director from 2006 to 2015.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2