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December 12, 2014 Others

Professor Peter Piot, 2014 TIME Person of the Year: "The Ebola Fighters"

Professor Peter Piot, GHIT Board member and Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has been named a 2014 TIME Person of the Year: "The Ebola Fighters". According to TIME, this honor recognizes "tireless acts of courage and mercy" and honors individuals "for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving."

 

Since Prof. Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, he has been at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases. Prof. Piot was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. He is the first major champion of global action against HIV/AIDS and has brought unparalleled skills as a scientist, manager, and activist to bear on the fight against disease, helping the world understand diseases in the context of social and economic development and security. In 2013 he received the Hideyo Noguchi Africa prize from Mr Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister for his pivotal research on diseases endemic in Africa and has used the prize money to provide training for African health workers in Japan and the United Kingdom.

 

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