Dr Peter Piot receives Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

date: 14 March 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Minister for Development Cooperation Jean-Pascal Labille are pleased that their fellow Belgian Dr Peter Piot has been awarded the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize (in the medical research category).

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize is awarded by the Japanese government to people or organisations that have provided exceptional services to medical research and the provision of medical assistance in the fight against contagious and non-contagious diseases in Africa.

Dr Peter Piot’s work and his devotion to Africa is hereby placed in the spotlight again. This international recognition can also be seen as a stimulus for Dr Peter Piot to continue his commitment to Africa. Belgium itself is also active in the fight against HIV and AIDS, having supported UNAIDS since the beginning, as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

In addition to multilateral projects, Belgium is also financing many other projects via its governmental, non-governmental and university cooperation. For example, via the Belgian Development Cooperation in 2011, Belgium was able to provide an amount of EUR 29.9 million to activities and programmes in the fight against HIV and AIDS.