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Award established to honor Dr James G Hakim

March / April 2021 | Volume 20 Number 2

Headshot of Dr. James G. Hakim.
Photo courtesy of the International
AIDS Society

A new award is being established to
honor the late scientist, Dr. James G.
Hakim, who died of COVID-19 in
January 2021.

The late scientist Dr. James G. Hakim will be memorialized through an annual award to be established in his name, supported by the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Fogarty.

Hakim, who died in January 2021, was an acclaimed researcher and professor and a profoundly important leader in advancing medical research and education in Africa. He was the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare; a founding member of AFREhealth; a member and esteemed partner to CUGH; and a longstanding, prominent grantee of the Fogarty International Center.

Each year, the James G. Hakim award will provide an African health trainee or early-career health professional with funding to cover registration and travel to the annual CUGH meeting, where they will be recognized for their achievements. Applicants will compete for the award by submitting abstracts to the CUGH scientific committee. To be eligible, they must be a citizen of an African country with primary professional affiliation with an Africa-based institution and currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program from an accredited African university, or no more than five years from receiving a terminal degree.

The inaugural award will be given in 2022.

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