The Darling Foundation

The Darling Foundation was created in 1929 in memory of Dr S.T. Darling, a distinguished malariologist, who was accidentally killed during a study mission of the Malaria Commission of the League of Nations. The administration of the Foundation was transferred to WHO in 1948.

The Darling Foundation prize consists of a bronze medal and a fixed sum of CHF 2500 to be awarded for outstanding achievements in the pathology, etiology, epidemiology, therapy, prophylaxis or control of malaria.

The medal and prize are awarded at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.

Procedure for the proposal and selection of candidates

Once the Administrator of the Foundation has ascertained that the interest accumulated on the Foundation's funds amounts to a sufficient sum for a prize to be awarded, he/she invites Member States and Associate Members of the Organization, and the members of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel who have already served on an Expert Committee on Malaria, to put forward, within six months, the name of any person who, in their opinion, qualifies for the award. The nomination has to be accompanied by a written justification.

The Expert Committee on Malaria evaluates the candidatures received and recommends to the Darling Foundation Committee the name or names of the candidate or candidates to whom the prize, in the opinion of the Committee, should be awarded.

The Darling Foundation Committee, after considering the nominations, makes its recommendations to the Executive Board, which designates the recipient of the prize.