The spread of infectious diseases presents a common threat to all humankind.  Mindful that Africa faces this scourge most acutely, the Government of Japan established the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in July 2006 in memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1929) whose belief in medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remain a beacon of inspiration to all. Guided by these ideals and mindful of the ominous human suffering persisting in Africa, the region facing the most serious health challenge on the globe, the Prize aims to honour individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind.

This Prize will be awarded every six years to coincide with the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) held in Japan (the TICAD itself will be held every three years, hosted alternately in Africa and Japan.) The first award was presented at the award ceremony on 28th May 2008, the first day of TICAD IV. The second award is presented at the award ceremony on 1st June 2013, the first day of TICAD V.

The Prize consists of a citation, a medal and an honorarium of 100 million yen.

Medical Research honouring individual(s)and Medical Activities honouring individual(s) or organization(s)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) established Medical Research Selection Committee and will select domestic and international candidates recommended from the categories of Medical Research.

Medical research nominations:
 Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Research Selection Committee
 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
 Tel: +81-3-3263-1938/1883      Fax: +81-3-3234-3700     E-mail:
Medical services nominations:
 Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Services Selection Committee
 WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)
 Cit du Djou, P.O.Box 06 Brazzaville, Congo
 Tel: + (47 241) 39100 / + (242) 665 65 00     E-mail:
General information about the Prize
 Office of Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, Cabinet Office, Tokyo Website
 Tel: +81-3-5501-1774      Fax: +81-3-3502-6255     E-mail: