Professor Kevin Marsh, from the University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences and a CIDRZ Board Member, has been awarded the 2015 Kuwait-sponsored Al-Sumait Health Prize for African Development for his ground-breaking research and sustained efforts to control and eradicate childhood malaria.
Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the awards, said: “Professor Marsh has spent over half his life living and working in Africa where he’s had a major impact on malaria and other infectious diseases through his ground-breaking work that has helped the health of millions of children.”
The citation from the Board of Trustees of the prize noted that Professor Marsh has published over 450 medical articles with African colleagues in peer-reviewed journals, and built training and research centres in Africa that have educated numerous medical scientists, including many now holding leadership positions in Africa and globally. One such example is CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Roma Chilengi, who worked with Dr Marsh in Kenya.
Upon hearing of the award Professor Marsh said, “I am tremendously honoured and excited to have been awarded the Al-Sumait 2015 Health Prize, which I see as recognition of the work of many wonderful colleagues who I have been fortunate to work with over the last thirty-five years. The award will be used to continue to support the development of science in the continent, particularly through supporting emerging young African research leaders.”
Professor Marsh will receive the prestigious one million USD dollar prize for during an award ceremony at the Fourth
Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea on 22nd November 2016.
Al-Sumait Prizes were introduced by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait and honour individuals or institutions who help to advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in African through their sustained research or innovative projects that result in major impact on the lives and welfare of the people of Africa especially the poor and underprivileged.