First Annual Bill Foege Global Health Award To Be Presented to Rotary International and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in June
By Martin Smith, Director of Marketing MAP International
On June 11, 2017, MAP International and the Atlanta global health community will launch the annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards.
Created in honor of Dr. Bill Foege, a folk hero in the global health community, the annual award will recognize people and organizations who contribute substantially to the progress of global health. The annual award will be presented by MAP International in Atlanta.
Dr. Foege is known as the man most responsible for eradicating small pox. The list of organizations he has led represent the ‘A’ list of global health innovators. Now, a top award for achievement in global health is aptly being named for him. It is further fitting that the inaugural award winners, Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, were brought together to eradicate polio globally by none other than, Bill Foege.
Ambassador Andrew J. Young is serving as the Honorary Program Chair. The 2017 and inaugural award winners, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International were selected based on their efforts to eradicate polio from the planet. John Germ, president of Rotary International will be present to accept the award.
MAP International, is a leading global Christian health and relief organization that improves access to essential medicines for people living in poverty. Known for its efficiency and effectiveness, MAP responds to the needs of those we serve by providing medicines and health supplies.
For 63 years, MAP International has contributed to global health progress by providing more than $6 billion in essential medicines and health supplies, orchestrating a successful education and engagement with pastors in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in East Africa, working in partnership toward the eradication of Guinea Worm in Cote’ d’Ivoire, preventing the spread of Ebola and treating its victims in West Africa, and leading numerous other interventions against neglected tropical diseases.
Dr. Foege served on MAP International’s Board of Governors during the 1990s. All proceeds from the Bill Foege Global Health Awards event go to support the global mission of MAP International.
For more information about this special event, visit www.map.org/award