Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u has become the latest beneficiary of the African Union’s prestigious Excellence Award, 2019.
Prof. Ndung’u who is the Head of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Geneva-based Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), was “selected by a committee based on his achievement and contribution to research and control of T & T in recognition for spearheading the Development of New Diagnostics Tools for Neglected Tropical Diseases.”
The award ceremony took place on September 27, 2019, during the commemoration of the 70 Years of the Establishment of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC).
In 2009, Prof. Ndung’u received a gold medal from the African Union for his contribution to research, control and eradication of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis.
The latest award follows a decision made for the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the ISCTRC to mark the 35th General Conference of the ISCTRC held in Abuja, Nigeria, on September 23-27, 2019 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions, in the last 10 years, towards the mission and values of ISCTRC.
The awards consisted of Plaques, Medallions and Certificates. The recipients of the awards exemplified excellence and are representatives of the best in their fields. They have consistently excelled in their positions and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of ISCTRC.
In her message to Prof. Ndung’u, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi congratulated the Chancellor for the achievement stating that the award has brought glory to the institution and was being celebrated by everyone. “We are all happy for him,” she said.
Prof. Ndung’u, a professor of Immunopathology of Sleeping Sickness, has established far-reaching linkages and collaborations with many African governments, professionals and universities.