JHU Faculty Member and Rakai Health Sciences Program Co-Winners of 2018 Al Sumait Prize for Health

     

Photo: (Top) “Members of the Rakai Health Sciences Program” including faculty from the Johns Hopkins BSPH and SOM, and from Makerere University. January 2018, Entebbe, Uganda."; (Bottom) Dr. Sheila West

Dr. Sheila West, PhD PharmD, and the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) have been named as co-recipients of the Al Sumait Prize, a $1 million USD award that recognizes individuals or institutions for their oustanding work towards health and wellbeing in Africa.

Dr. West, the El-Maghraby Professor of Preventive Ophthalmology and Vice Chair for Research at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is recognized for her work on blinding trachoma control and elimination. If untreated this infection can result in permanent blindness and is the leading infectious cause of sight loss globally. The Rakai Health Sciences Program, founded in 1987 as a partnership between Makerere University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID),, has played an important role in research and public health service delivery that has impacted current HIV/AIDs policy.

Dr. West and RHSP share the prize with Dr. Salim Abdool Karim for his work on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Dr. Karim is the CAPRISA Professor for Global Health in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Congratulations! You can read the press release and more about the award here.

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Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

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Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

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Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

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