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Al-Sumait Prize Board members discuss this year's award
November 6, 2018, 8:24 am

Members of Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait Prize for African development met in Kuwait Monday to discuss this year's award, which focused on how to combat contagious diseases in Africa. The members discussed reports by prize committees which vet researches on providing medicine and medical equipment for treatment of ebola, malaria and AIDS, a statement by the Prize said.

They also discussed researches on how to provide hospitals and clinics in rural areas, forests and desert areas, it said. His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah announced the USD one million Al-Sumait Prize at the Arab-African Summit that was held in Kuwait in November 2013.

The Prize is in recognition of the late Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, whose philantrophic acts in Africa contributed to providing health, food and educational services for the poor in Africa.

The Board of Trustees is chaired by Kuwait's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Members are Director General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development Abdullatif Al-Hamad, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, World Bank's Vice-President for Africa Makhtar Diop, Former Deputy Director General and Head of the Department, International Atomic Energy Agency Dr. Kwaku Aning, Director General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, and Tareq Al-Mutawa, Executive Member of the Board of Public Gathering Charity Committee and Director General and Chairman of Board of Sadeer.

The annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have through their work or research made significant advances in fields of food security, health and education in Africa. The objective of the prizes is to recognize best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives that have a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa.

Source: KUNA

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