The third annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards will be presented by MAP International on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Delta Flight Museum. The award, named to pay tribute to Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health. This year’s award recognizes Ted Turner, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ambassador Andrew J. Young for humanitarian achievements in combating diseases worldwide. Last year’s recipients of the award, President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event.
The CDC, where Bill Foege, M.D., served as director for six years, contributes to global health efforts by detecting and controlling disease outbreaks at the source both nationally and internationally. The CDC helps other countries build the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to various health threats, knowing that disease has no borders. CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., will accept the award on behalf of the organization.
A champion of human rights, Ambassador Andrew Young has dedicated his life to assisting challenged communities through programs that aim to improve life, health and well-being. Young has focused his efforts and the initiatives of his foundation on tapping into Africa’s vast economic potential by advancing the quality of life in communities across the continent.
“Our Bill Foege Global Health Award winners represent some of the very best examples of outstanding service and leadership in improving health and well-being of communities worldwide,” said President & CEO of MAP International Steve Stirling. “It will be an honor for MAP to celebrate their dedication and achievements at the 2019 event.”
MAP International is pleased to have J. Cannon Carr, chief investment officer at CornerCap Investment Counsel, and Russell Medford, CEO and chairman at Covanos Inc, serving as co-chairs of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards.
For sponsorship and ticket information, visit https://www.map.org/foege
About MAP International: MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background. The organization has responded to natural disasters worldwide for nearly 65 years with vital medicines and relief supplies. Since 1954, the organization has provided billions of dollars in medicines and medical supplies. For more information, visit https://www.map.org.
About Bill Foege: Dr. William Foege, M.D., is a folk hero in the global health industry known for his work eradicating smallpox. He was the head of the CDC and also founded the Task Force for Global Health, (the second largest health-related charity in the world). The list of organizations he has led represents the ‘A’ list of global health innovators. Besides receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Foege has received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind and the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, in addition to numerous other awards.
About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.
About Ambassador Andrew J. Young: Andrew Young is a pastor, civil rights leader and former congressman, ambassador and mayor. Since leaving public office, Andrew Young has been an ambassador to the world, devoting much of his life’s work to Africa and its vast economic potential. The Andrew J. Young Foundation was created to help make his visions for the planet a reality, and he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization