posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – July 17th, 2012
Finally, after a struggle of several years, on Tuesday, July 17, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the prize -which has been generously sponsored by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo- to contribute to the betterment of humanity through scientific research is delivered.
The awardees, each with a hundred thousand dollars, are the following: Dr. Rossana Arroyo, professor at the Research Center and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, who has developed an important work in the control of parasitic diseases, amoebiasis and trichomoniasis.
The Egyptian doctor Maged Al-Sherbiny, president of the Center for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned States Movement (NAM S&T Center) and of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), will be rewarded for his fight against endemic diseases in Africa and the intensive study of vaccines against hepatitis C and schistosomiasis.
Finally, the third winner will be the South African Felix Dapare, a professor at the Technical University of Tshwane, Pretoria (South Africa), whose contribution for over fourteen years in the development of agricultural capabilities to combat food shortages in Africa has earned him this award.
For years, the prize, which is only a generous way to utilizing of the current wealth of Equatorial Guinea for major social needs, has been used by entities outside the country in order to denigrate official institutions, to campaign in their favor, and that way win notorious publicity at the expense of dishonoring the image of our nation.
Fortunately, this campaign, devoid of all sense, failed to convince most of the countries that form the Executive Council of the UNESCO. After years of struggle, finally, on March 12, they approved the International UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize for Research in Life Sciences with 33 votes in favor (most of them from the African group), eighteen against, and six abstentions. Among the many countries that supported the release of the prize are Brazil, China, Cuba, Syria, Ecuador, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, as well as most of the African block, which has not been influenced adversely by this campaign.
The report attached to this article (in Castilian, English and French), is a summary of the chronology of this long-desired award that brings pride to all citizens.