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N EW S 110 December, 2011 • Vol. 1 No. 2 / journal of global health • Regions  Cape Verde's Pedro Verona Pires awarded Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize Cape Verde's former president Pedro Verona Pires won the US$ 5 million (€ 3.8 million) “African leadership prize” awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The prize was created in 2007, it is worth US$ 5 million (€ 3.8 million) over 10 years and then US$ 200 000 (€ 154 333) annually for life thereafter. Previous winners included Mozambique's former president Joaquim Chissano and Botswana’s Festus Gontebanye Mogae, while Nelson Mandela of South Africa was named an honorary laureate in 2007. This year the prize was given to Mr Pires for transforming his small coun- try into a model of democracy and stability and then de- ciding to step down after his second term. Speaking for The Guardian, Salim Ahmed Salim, the chair of the prize com- mittee, has said that “...under 10 years as president, the na- tion became only the second African country to graduate from the United Nation’s least-developed category and has won international recognition for its record on human rights and good governance”. Pires was appointed first prime minister of independent Cape Verde in 1975, and he remained in this post for 16 years. He lost his country's first democratic elections in 1991, but was elected again in 2001 and then re-elected in 2006. For the past two years the Foundation, set up by a Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, did not award a prize as no leaders met the crite- ria for promoting development and democracy and for handing over power peacefully.  �Vaccine introduction reduced pneumonia infections in Kenya by more than two-thirds In a recent study, conducted by the Kenya Medical Re- search Institute Wellcome Trust Research Programme, pneumonia infections in Kilifi, Kenya, have dropped by 70% since the introduction of the pneumococcal va

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