THE Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has been awarded two prestigious Kochon prizes.

He awarded the Kochon prizes for his role and political leadership in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) world wide.

The 2018 Prize is awarded to outstanding political leaders who are reviving, driving change, and taking bold actions to end TB.

In a ceremony held at The Hague, The Netherlands, Motsoaledi received the first prize in his individual capacity for the fight against TB.

He shared the second prize with United Kingdom Member of Parliament, Nick Hebert.

The pair were recognised in their capacity as co-chairs of the Global TB Caucus of members of parliament from all over the world.

“On behalf of the people of South Africa, the Ministry of Health, is humbled and wishes to express its gratitude for this global recognition of Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

“This is a proud moment for our country. The recognition of his leadership will assist the country in mobilising the much needed resources and partnerships towards ending TB,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Popo Maja.

The Kochon Prize was established in 2006, it is awarded annually to individuals or organisations.

The prize is in honour of the late Chairman Chong-Kun Lee, founder of the Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corporation and Kochon Foundation in Korea.

Lee was committed throughout his career to improving access to low-cost lifesaving antibiotics and anti-TB drugs.

Source: daily sun