Down Syndrome Research Prize in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
The Down Syndrome Research Prize in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO was established in 1999 to encourage research on the subject, a major health problem in the region. It was created on the initiative of and with funds provided by Dr Abdul Rahman Abdulla Al-Awadi, president of the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, having taken into consideration the high incidence of Down syndrome in the Region.
The prize consists of a bronze medal and a sum of currently US$ 2000, and is awarded to one or more persons considered to have made an outstanding contribution in the field of research related to Down syndrome.
The prize is awarded every two years, if the funds permit, and presented during a session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean.
Procedure for the proposal and selection of candidates
Any national health administration of a Member State in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, or any former recipient of the prize, may nominate a candidate for the prize. Proposals are made to the Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, who submits them to the Foundation Committee, together with his/her technical comments. The Foundation Committee decides on the recommendation to be made to the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, which designates the recipient of the prize. The award is made during the following session of the Regional Committee.