Kyelem Prize Nominations

As we prepare for the annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), we look forward especially to conferring the annual Kyelem Prize, named in honor of the late Dominique Kyelem, to an outstanding member of our community.

The Kyelem Prize is given annually to an individual selected for his or her unique contributions to the efforts to control, eliminate, and eradicate neglected tropical diseases. Specifically, the COR-NTD Secretariat seeks nominations of individuals who carry on the legacy of the award's namesake, Dr. Dominique Kyelem.

As Program Director of the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health, after an illustrious career as Program Manager for LF in Burkina Faso, Dr. Kyelem personified the spirit and mission of our coalition – bringing together those who implement neglected tropical disease control and elimination programs with those conducting research to address those programs’ needs.

Eric Ottesen, Director Emeritus of the NTD Support Center, said of Dr. Kyelem: "Dominique was everyone’s friend, everyone’s go-to person for guidance, and the source of everyone’s favorite smile and positivity. His personal attributes are exactly those embodied in the individuals chosen for the Kyelem prize each year – competence, effectiveness, collegiality, sincerity, determination and unquenchable optimism."

We aim to recognize an individual whose work – and whose indomitable spirit of positivity – has helped researchers, program implementers, donors and others to address the critical challenges facing NTD programs.

As in previous years, we are inviting nominations for this honor. The winner or a representative will be invited to give remarks at the closing plenary of the meeting on Oct. 17, 2023.

Please review the selection process and criteria below and submit your nominations by June 30 at 11:59 PM ET via the Nominate button below. 


Selection Criteria
The annual Kyelem Prize will be awarded to the person who best embodies its namesake's legacy.

Nominees should:

  • Have a proven record of bringing together the research and program implementing communities;
  • Demonstrate Dominique Kyelem's qualities of thoughtfulness, open-mindedness and commitment to the cause;
  • Have more than five years' service in neglected tropical disease control, elimination and/or research efforts.

Selection Process
The winner of the  annual Kyelem Prize will be chosen according to the following process:

  • Names of prospective candidates and a brief rationale for their nomination should be submitted via web form no later than July 1, 2023;
  • Bios and/or CVs will be requested for those on the short list, comprised of candidates with two or more nominations;
  • A selection committee representing researchers and program implementers worldwide will review nominations and vote for a winner.

NOTE: Selection for the short list is based on the number of individual nominations and not on the number of individuals co-signing a single nomination form.