“A man of extraordinary dedication to
humanitarian aid in Africa…”

Abdul Rahman Al Sumait is the founder of Direct Aid and has worked as its Secretary General from 1987 until his death in 2013. He also founded the Kuwait Relief Agency and worked as its CEO from 1987 - 2013 and was in office as the coordinator of Health Attaché for the Kuwait Embassy in Kenya.

Direct Aid provides extensive humanitarian assistance to people throughout Africa. It has built 124 hospitals and dispensaries, 840 schools, 204 Islamic Centers, 214 women training centers and 2,200 mosques. The society has also established two colleges in Kenya and Zanzibar and offered 200 scholarships to African students to pursue higher studies in medicine, engineering and technology. the African continent.

Direct Aid has its offices in 29 African countries. In addition to that, it was considered a General Consultant in the Economical and Social Board of the United Nations in 1998

An introduction to the prize

An introduction to the prize

An introduction to the prize

“A lasting influence in advancing progress
in Africa…”

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, presented an initiative to the third African Arab Summit hosted by the State of Kuwait in November 2013 in support of the development of African Nations. The initiative establishes an annual award named after the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti medical doctor who dedicated his lifetime to raising funds to support his humanitarian and charity work in African Nations health, education and food projects for the less fortunate in Africa.

The award title is “Al-Sumait Prize” for advances in the fields of Food Security, Health and Education in the African continent. The prize is to be awarded annually to individuals or institutions within one of these proposed three fields and has a value of $1,000,000 (One million US dollars).

The objectives of the prize
The objective of the Prize is the appreciation, recognition of the best studies, scientific projects, applied research, and innovative initiatives, which have made a significant and lasting influence in advancing progress to economic and social development in Africa. The awarded projects should help African nations to overcome poverty, hunger, lack of potable water, injustice or to improve health care, literacy and the allocation of economic resources. The Prize should also highlight successes within the following areas: Food security, Health and Education.

The prize value and announcement
A cash sum of $1,000,000 (one million US dollars) is awarded annually to an individual or organization within one of the three fields mentioned above along with a gold medal, shield and certificate of recognition. The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the prize will oversee the prize. KFAS will provide administrative and logistic support and cover their costs. The announcement of the prize and an invitation for submissions will be advertised annually in one of the areas of the prize. Advertisements will be published in a number of local, regional and international newspapers with a focus on advertising in websites and digital media.

The prize fields

The field of food security includes developments in agriculture leading towards the provision of agricultural crops, a diverse nutritional value and an effective food distribution system that connects to all of Africa. This includes solutions for environmental problems that hinder the development of agricultural production, water resources especially in arid areas as well as human development and the provision of expertise and manpower within these areas.


The field of health includes research on communicable diseases prevalent in Africa such as Ebola, Malaria and HIV. It also includes the provision of medical staff (physicians and nursing), medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment. As well as the provision of medical centers (hospitals and clinics in remote areas, forests or desert areas.


The field of education includes modern education systems in both basic and applied educations as well as universities. It also includes projects on the proliferation of schools, universities, institutions and laboratories to provide a faculty of teachers and educationally qualified trainers in applied and social fields and crafts.

A short introduction
to the State of Kuwait

The State of Kuwait is a country on the Arabian Peninsula and is fully independent since 1961. The state is an unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait as the head of state. Kuwait has around 4 Million inhabitants and a GDP of around $284 billion.

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