By Tapela Morapedi
Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP)’s research outcomes have been hailed as key in global health policy formulation by the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The special recognition is an appreciation of BHP’s successes in enhancing HIV prevention and treatment through cutting-edge research that have impacted positively on policy and practice in Botswana and internationally.
The recognition follows a nomination submission for BHP by the Chief Executive of Officer, Dr Joseph Makhema for the 2018 cycle of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in the field of health. The decision to award prizes and confer special recognitions followed a thorough process involving screening, evaluation by independent international adjudicators and review by an international Selection Panel.
Sharing with BHP the KFAS Board of Trustees’ final decision on the award of prizes, the Director General and Board Member who is also the Convener of the Al-Sumait Prize, Adnan A. Shihab-Eldin revealed that BHP has been given “special recognition” by the Selection and Evaluation panels for its research output, a decision that received the blessing of the Board of Trustees.
In a letter to BHP Chief Executive Officer, Shihab-Eldin noted that BHP has been acknowledged for its achievements in “building research infrastructure that produced knowledge necessary for effective AIDS prevention and patient management in Botswana.”
The Director General indicated further that BHP’s research outcomes have had a seminal impact on the public health care system, especially for the underprivileged and have been of value internationally in developing global strategies.
“The special recognition attests to the quality of the work of BHP and its unwavering commitment to continue making tangible contribution to help improve the life of less fortunate people globally and in Africa in particular,” said Shihab-Eldin.