“ZIMBABWE public health expert, Donewell Bangure, has been awarded the
2014 William H. Foege Award for Most Outstanding Public Health
Scientific Oral Presentation.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
honored him recently during the Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference
held at the organization’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
who works as Assistant Field Coordinator at the University of Zimbabwe
School Of Public Health, was rewarded for his presentation entitled,
“”Effectiveness of Short Message Reminders on Childhood Immunization
Programme in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, 2013 – A Randomized Controlled Trial.”” The study showed that the use of short message services (SMS)
reminders increased the uptake of immunization services in Kadoma,
Peter Kilmarx, Country Director of the Zimbabwe
office of CDC, said Bangure’s recognition was an endorsement of the
excellent teaching and practice conducted jointly by the University of
Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. “Dr. Bangure’s accomplishments are a reflection of the rigor of the
Masters Degree in Public Health – Field Epidemiology Training Program
(MPH/FETP) and the commitment of the recipient, faculty, and supervisors
as well as the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” said Kilmarx.
Bangure, who expressed surprise at the honour, dedicated the award to the Kadoma City Health Department, his mentors and family. “I
thought it was a dream, I did not expect to win, but the fact that my
abstract was among the six that were selected out of the over 200
abstracts submitted, was a big prize for me. I think it’s a sign of hard
work,” said Bangure.
Through innovative programs, CDC helps Ministries of Health build
workforce and systems capacity and improve public health on a local,
regional, and national level.
The William H. Foege Award for Most
Outstanding Public Health Scientific Oral Presentation was established
in honor of Dr. William H. Foege, the renowned epidemiologist and former
CDC Director credited with devising the global strategy that led to the
eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s. It is the highest International Night Honor and is presented for best scientific oral presentation.
Bangure is the second African expert to win it.”