By Caleb Kuleke, GNA
Ho, Dec. 07, GNA - Professor John Owusu Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), has been awarded the 2019 Dominique Kyelem Prize for dedication to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Research and Programme Implementation.
He was selected out of 14 nominations submitted by over 900 invitees to the Annual Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) Meeting, which was held on November 18 and 19, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland.
The prestigious award, presented annually by COR-NTD, is named after the Burkinabe Medical Officer and Programme Manager of the Lymphatic Filariasis programme, who passed away in 2013.
Professor Gyapong is recognised as a major player on the global NTD stage and is credited as one of three African programme managers, including Dr Dominique Kyelem and Dr Mwele Malecela, with support from the Liverpool School and funding from DfID.
The three personalities were said to have “really pioneered the Mass Drug Administration approach to Lymphatic Filariasis elimination and its integration with other NTD and public health initiatives."
The citation that accompanied the award celebrated Dr Dominique Kyelem’s personal attributes of “competence, effectiveness, collegiality, sincerity, and unquenchable determination and optimism.”
The COR-NTD is a group of researchers and programme implementers who have a shared goal with their in-country partners to optimize control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases.