On the 23 August, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that the international jury has selected icddr,b to receive the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The official Prize Ceremony and accompanying Hilton Humanitarian Symposium will take place on 11 October at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
The following is taken from the Hilton Foundation website;
In 1960, adventurous scientists from Bangladesh and the U.S. collaborated in Dhaka to establish the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) Cholera Research Laboratory – now known as icddr,b. icddr,b (which stands for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh) is a public health research institution that finds innovative solutions to major health challenges in its host country and has worldwide impact.
What began as an attempt to discover and develop realistic, scalable interventions for cholera and other diarrheal diseases, has since grown into the world’s largest diarrheal hospital treating more than 200,000 patients a year, almost all of whom recover within 36 hours.
While developing countries are not the first place people look to find a public health revolution, the center icddr,b has built in Dhaka is world-renowned among experts in enteric diseases. Since the beginning, icddr,b has focused on developing and testing evidence-based interventions that can deliver significant public health impact.
Through its work on treating diarrheal disease, evidence continually showed that recovery and prevention of mortality from these diseases were interrelated to a host of factors including nutritional status, income, education of mothers, access to clean water, sanitation and efficacy of vaccines. In response to this realisation, icddr,b gradually expanded to the full range of health issues it covers today.
From tackling maternal and childhood health and nutrition, to addressing the health consequences of climate change, icddr,b has demonstrated a comprehensive approach and commitment to creating a healthier world for all.
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2018 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
Nominations Open: 20 September – 18 October, 2017
The $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is awarded annually to a nonprofit organisation making extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world.
To nominate an organisation or for information regarding nominee eligibility, nominator qualifications and evaluation considerations, please go to the nominations page on the Hilton Foundation website: prize.hiltonfoundation.org.
All nominations must be submitted by 18 October, 2017 at midnight PST. If you are unable to complete your nomination online, please contact (818) 851-3700 or [email protected]
Hilton Humanitarian Prize
At $2 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit organisation judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.