Tuesday, July 17, 2012

UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize Is Presented To Three Awardees

Prize Honors Individuals for Contributions in Scientific Research

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, awarded the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea prize to three scientists for their work in scientific research today at a ceremony in Paris.

“Each awardee is being recognized for their excellent work in the field of science and their contribution to the betterment of humanity,” said President Obiang.

The recipients included Egyptian scientist Maged Al-Sherbiny, President of the Center of Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned States Movement, who was honored for his fight against endemic diseases in Africa and intensive study of vaccines against hepatitis C and schistosomiasis.

Dr. Rossana Arroyo, professor at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, was awarded for her work in the control of parasitic diseases, amoebiasis and trichomoniasis.

Finally, Professor Felix Dapare from the South African Technical University of Tshwane, Pretoria, was celebrated for his contribution of over fourteen years to the development of agricultural capabilities to combat food shortages in Africa.

The award, UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences was designed to promote the continuation of important work in scientific research.

Equatorial Guinea has worked to improve the public health sector on an international and national level. In fact, Equatorial Guinea was recently recognized as a leader in per capita health investment in Africa by the World Health Organization (WHO).