Global Health Council announces the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) as the winner of the 2011 Gates Award for Global Health at the 64th World Health Assembly.
Established in 1975, TDR is a global program of international technical cooperation, with the two interdependent objectives of developing improved tools for the control of tropical diseases and strengthening research capability within affected countries.
More than 50 jurors from 20 countries participated in the selection process. And this year’s winning organization was chosen from a highly competitive field of 112 nominations. Recent winders include: GHESKIO in Haiti, Aravind Eye Care System in India, and the Carter Center from the United States.
Established in 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began recognizing organizations that have made a major and lasting contribution to the field of global health. Further, these organizations have developed processes for improving health, especially in resource-poor settings, with measurable results. The Gates Award comes with a $1,000,000 honorarium and is administered by the Global Health Council.
The Global Health Council would like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the opportunity to administer this award and their continued support of our mission. The Global Health Council is a membership alliance of nearly 500 organizations and more than 5000 individuals from some 140 countries devoted to improving health and saving lives throughout the world.
- Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, President and CEO, Global Health Council
[Correction: 0:08 – The Council is a membership alliance of nearly 500 Organizations and more than 5000 individuals.]
- Ambassador John E. Lange, Senior Program Officer in Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
- Dr. Robert Ridley, Director, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)