The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator congratulates Dr. Peter Piot for winning the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for medical research. Dr. Piot’s sustained commitment to HIV/AIDS research and his decades of leadership and advocacy have cemented him as a key figure in global health, and in the global AIDS response.
“Peter is a true giant in the global health arena, and his contributions have been visionary and far-reaching,” said U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby. “Peter’s early research in Africa provided the foundation for so much of what we know about HIV. He was also one of the first to frame the epidemic as a human rights issue and challenge the world to address disparities in access to care and treatment. Peter's tireless efforts over many years have helped countless policy makers, scientists, and clinicians to better understand the impact of this complicated disease, and our responsibility to respond to it.”
Dr. Piot currently serves as the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He previously served in various other prominent positions, including as the Executive Director of UNAIDS, president of the International AIDS Society, and as an early supporter of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize honors individuals or organizations with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa.
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