Seven of Africa’s top women scientists have been honoured with the Kwame Nkrumah Science Awards for 2011 for outstanding achievements and valuable scientific discoveries at ceremonies to mark the founding of a new Pan African University.
Professor Etheresia (Resia) Pretorius from the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Health Sciences of South Africa won her award, that carries with it a $20,000 check, and a silver medal, for electron microscopy research into inflammations within the human body. ………..
Other winners include Rose Gana Fomban Leke of Cameroon for her groundbreaking research on prevention of malaria and other parasitic infections, and Ebtehal El-Demerdash of Egypt, for research on modern drugs used in treating forms of cancer most resistant to chemotherapy.
Dosso Mireille Carmen of Ivory Coast was chosen for studies on epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases., while Kakou Yao Rita, also of Ivory Coast, won for her contributions to the understanding of infrared spectroscopy and crystallography.
South African Maureen Coetzee, a world renowned entomologist, won recognition for malaria research, including insecticide resistance and novel ways of controlling the disease, and Nermin El Semary, an Egyptian, was named for her investigations into the biotechnological aspects of micro-algae.
The prizes were awarded at a ceremony establishing a new Pan African University, which will have five campuses, each specialising in a specific field of science…………….
The objectives of African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards are to:
Award and Honour outstanding African Scientists for their scientific achievements and discoveries;
Promote scientific development in Africa through recognition of excellence among African scientists, women, men alike and younger researchers and encourage them to persevere in their research or academic careers, and nurture their ambitions;
Popularise and Promote public understanding and participation in the implementation of Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action, CPA, and AU Assembly decisions on science and technology;
Raise the profile of science and technology sector in African Union Member States, Regional Economic Communities and so that science contributes Africa’s sustainable development, poverty alleviation and integration efforts.
The award also offers the opportunity to constantly honour the memory of the greatPan-Africanist and First President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.