The winning recipients of the prestigious Al-Sumait Prizes for Health and Food Security are due to be announced at a Board of Trustees meeting here on Monday October 17, 2016. The Board, which comprises leading philanthropists such as Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and senior Kuwaiti government officials such as H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, will meet to confirm the winners of Al-Sumait’s 2015 Health Prize and 2016 Food Security Prize.
The annual Al-Sumait Prize’s honor individuals or institutions who have helped advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in the African continent. The awards were instigated on the iinitiative of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait.
Each worth one million dollars, Al-Sumait awards are administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees who oversee the selection of the prize recipients. The awards acknowledge the work of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti doctor who dedicated his life to addressing the health challenges confronting Africa.
Dr. Al-Sumait established a humanitarian organization in Africa known today as Direct Aid. His efforts saw the building of over 120 hospitals and dispensaries, more than 800 schools, and around 200 training centers for women as well as the drilling of thousands of wells and construction of numerous agricultural and irrigation projects.
The winning laureates will receive their awards during a ceremony at The Grand Reception of the Fourth Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea on November 22, 2016.
Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the awards, said the laureates chosen for final selection all “meet the ambition to promote real and significant progress in the fields of Health and Food Security throughout Africa”.
For more information, please visit www.alsumaitprize.org or contact the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) at: