Liverpool professor led health project shortlisted for Nobel Peace Prize – News


Prof Dan Pope and Dr James Mwitari meet Prof Were to discuss the National Household Air Pollution Prevention Training Program for Community Health Worker Training run by CLEAN-Air (Africa) in Kenya

Professor Miriam Were, Head of Community Engagement and Involvement for the Liverpool-led CLEAN-Air (Africa) Global Health Research Group, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize for her health work public.

CLEAN-Air (Africa) is led by research experts, doctors and academics from the universities of Liverpool, Moi and Ghana; Kenya Medical Research Institute, Douala General Hospital (Cameroon) and Kintampo Health Research Center (Ghana). It is sponsored by the National Institute of Health Research in the UK to provide evidence for policies to address the burden of infectious and chronic diseases linked to household air pollution.

The CLEAN-Air Group (Africa) is conducting a mixed-methods research program in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya to help communities adopt clean household energy alongside national government policies to expand household use of petroleum gas liquid (LPG) to reduce negative impacts. on health, deforestation and climate dependence on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking.

CLEAN-Air (Africa) is also conducting a capacity building program in collaboration with health systems (ministries of health, health authorities, WHO country offices) to train community health workers to raise awareness domestic air pollution as a major problem. disease risk factor and promote prevention strategies through clean household energy and harm minimization.

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Born and raised in Western Kenya, Professor Were’s career in public health spans over 50 years and she has been one of Kenya’s strongest advocates of community health workers – key of the country’s aspirations for universal health coverage. Previously, she worked as Head of Health and Nutrition at Unicef ​​Ethiopia, and contributed to the World Health Organization as a key representative. Professor Were is Chairman of the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya and sits on the Lancet Covid-19 Commission and also served as Chancellor of Moi University.

In 2021, Professor Were agreed to join the Global Health Research Group CLEAN-Air (Africa) as Head of Community Engagement and Involvement.

Delighted and humbled

Professor Dan Pope, Director of CLEAN-Air (Africa), said: “We were delighted and humbled when Mama Miriam agreed to join our Global Health Research Group to offer her wealth of experience and extremely valuable insights. on our community engagement strategy as we seek to expand CLEAN-Air (Africa) into East Africa.

“We are extremely excited to be able to be guided by her as we seek to understand how to best address the global public health priority of household air pollution through the community transition to clean household energy. Professor Were’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to her lifetime of community health promotion and advocacy for community empowerment and we are delighted that she has received this recognition.

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Responding to the nomination, Professor Were said: “Peace and health are the foundation for the well-being of humanity and the planet.

“I believe in the community approach as a modality for promoting peace and health by empowering individuals and communities to lead the resolution of their problems, including those set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.”


Each year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives several hundred nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. There are 343 Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2022, including 251 individuals and 92 organizations.

After all qualified applications have been discussed, a shortlist of the most interesting and worthy candidates is created. Candidates on the shortlist are then subjected to evaluations and examinations carried out by the permanent advisers of the Nobel Committee, in collaboration with other Norwegian or international experts.

As a general rule, the Committee only makes a decision at its very last meeting before the announcement of the winner(s) of the year at the beginning of October. The Committee seeks to reach consensus in its selection of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

More information on the nomination process can be found here

More information about CLEAN-Air (Africa) can be found here

More information about Professor Miriam Were can be found here


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