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World Malaria Day Alert: Accordia Names 2011 Sande Awardee
April 25, 2011, Washington D.C. - Accordia Global Health Foundation today announced that Dr. Christian Happi from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria has won the 2011 Merle A. Sande Leadership Award. This award is given annually to an emerging African leader who has contributed to the field of infectious disease in Africa, and embodies the passion, intellectual drive, and sprit of Dr. Merle Sande, founder of Accordia. Dr. Happi is specifically honored for his outstanding work on the molecular basis for Plasmodium falciparum resistance to antimalarial drugs.
This year’s announcement coincides with World Malaria Day on April 25, as Dr. Happi is recognized for his extensive work in malaria research and capacity building. He embodies the real and tangible impact African healthcare leaders are having in defining solutions to quell the impact of malaria worldwide, particularly in Africa where it takes the lives of 2,000 children every day.
"Dr. Happi is using advanced molecular biology and deep sequencing technology to further our understanding of how the malaria parasite becomes resistant to our best drugs,” said Accordia president, Dr. Warner C. Greene. “Finally, he is also working on the design of new antimalarials and helping to train the next generation of scientists at Ibadan who carry on the fight against infectious disease in Africa.”
Dr. Happi is currently dividing his time between Ibadan and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases where he is serving as a Visiting Investigator. He will deliver the Merle Sande Leadership Lecture on May 25, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda.