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KINTAMPO Health Research Centre -Receives Award

The Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC)  has  received  the  2008  Prince of  Asturias  Award  for  International Cooperation  in  recognition  of  the  centre's contribution in the ongoing effort to develop a  vaccine  against  malaria  and  its  work  to support  medical  care  in  Ghana..  The Principal  Investigators,  Dr.  Seth  Owusu- Agyei, also Director of KHRC, and Dr. Kwaku Poku  Asante  received  the  award  at  a colourful  ceremony  in  Oviedo,  Spain recently.

Kintampo Health Research Centre and three other  African  institutions  jointly  won  the award. The three others are The Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM), in  Mozambique,  directed  by  Dr  Pedro Alonso;  The  Ifakara  Health  Research  and Development  Centre  (IHRDC),  in  Tanzania, directed  by  Dr.  Hassan  Mshinda;  and  The Malaria  Research  and  Training  Center,  in Mali,  directed  by  Professor  Ogobara
Doumbo.

The  four  health  Institutions  are  part  of  a team  working  on  clinical  trials  of  a   alaria
vaccine,  RTS,  S,  created  in  1987  by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals, originally in  collaboration  with  Walter  Reed  Army Institute  of  Research.  In  2005,  the  Bill  & Melinda  Gates  Foundation  announced  a large  grant  to  the  PATH  Malaria  Vaccine Initiative (MVI) to extend the public-private  p a r t n e r s h i p   b e t w e e n   M V I   a n d  GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals to develop RTS,S for African children together with prominent
African research institutions.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation awarded the  four  health  centres  for  encouraging research, achieving an effective vaccine and contributing  to  improvements  in  medical care in the countries in which they operate.
 
The  work  of  these  organizations  in  the training of local staff for biomedical research and institutional backing in the fight against malaria was also valued by the Jury.

Dr. Owusu-Agyei, in reaction said the award is in recognition of the work of scientists in Ghana.  He  said  he  was  extremely  proud  of his  staff  whose  good  work  in  rural communities in Ghana has been recognized internationally.  He  noted  that  Malaria  still remains  one  of  the  most  devastating diseases  in  sub-Saharan  Africa,  and  it  is essential  that  African  institutions  such  as KHRC take a lead role in developing new and
innovative  tools  to  complement  other malaria control methods available currently.
The  Prince  of  Asturias  Foundation  was formed by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias,  heir  to  the  throne  of  Spain.  It  has conferred its awards since 1981. The awards acknowledge  scientific,  technical,  cultural, social  and  humanitarian  work  carried  out internationally  by  individuals,  groups  or  in the  categories  of  communication  and humanities,  social  sciences,  arts,  letters, s c i e n t i f i c   a n d   t e c h n i c a l   r e s e a r c h ,   international  cooperation,  concord  and sports.

The  award  has  previously  been  won  by renowned organizations like UNICEF, Bill and Melinda  Gates  Foundation,  British  Council    UK,  and  Cable  News  Network  (CNN). Individuals such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Mikhail Gorbachov of Russia have also won this award.

The  Kintampo  Health  Research  Centre  was started in 1994 as one of the health  research centres  of  the  Ghana  Health  Service  under the  Health  Research  Unit  of  the  Ghana Health  service  (GHS),  Ministry  of  Health.  It has  developed  one  of  the  largest  district health  and  demographic  surveillance systems.  KHRC  has  been  testing  the  most advanced malaria vaccine, the RTS,S vaccine since  2006  under  high  international standards in the Kintampo North and South Districts of Ghana.  

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