The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize has been awarded to International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB) with $2 million in prize money in recognition of its innovative approach to solving global health issues impacting the world’s most impoverished communities.
ICDDRB was honoured at this year’s international Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony, held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on 11 October 2017.
“We are honoured to receive the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize,” says Professor John Clemens, MD, executive director of ICDDRB.
“This will help support our current research efforts to move forward our in-house pipeline of new, low cost products and interventions addressing a wide range of public health problems in developing countries, including severe acute malnutrition and pneumonia in children, tuberculosis and life-threatening maternal hemorrhage during childbirth,” adds Professor Clemens.
This is the largest annual humanitarian award in the world given by the USA-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
“ICDDRB has had a profound impact on health crises and breakthroughs worldwide,” says Mr Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of Hilton Foundation.
As we seek solutions to bridge global divides, the world can learn a lot from icddr,b – not just about vaccines, but about scientifically-researched approaches to public health problems that work,” he adds.
ICDDRB received the prize money in unrestricted funding, joining the list of 21 previous organisations that have received the Hilton Humanitarian Prize over the last two decades.