The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Congratulates Dr. Alex Coutinho on Winning the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services


March 20, 2013

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator congratulates Dr. Alex Coutinho on winning the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Services. Dr. Coutinho’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.

“This award is a wonderful recognition for the work that Dr. Coutinho has so passionately dedicated himself to for more than 20 years,” said U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Goosby. “He was at the forefront of the AIDS pandemic, showing exemplary dedication as a clinician, public health leader and advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. From treating some of the first HIV cases in Uganda to scaling up HIV care and treatment for thousands of people, he has been instrumental in people living with HIV, not dying from HIV. As a colleague in the global effort to control and end the HIV pandemic, it is gratifying to see a Dr. Coutinho recognized for his remarkable commitment.”

Dr. Coutinho currently serves as the Sande-McKinnell Chair and Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Prior to joining IDI, Dr. Coutinho served for six years as the Executive Director of The AIDS Support Organization Uganda, Africa's largest HIV/AIDS care and treatment organization.

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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