Sasakawa Health Prize Guidelines
Sasakawa Health Prize Guidelines
(as amended in January 1998)
1. The Sasakawa Health Prize consisting of a statuette and a sum of money of the order of US$100000, will be awarded for outstanding innovative work in health development.
2. The Prize will be given to a person or persons, an institution or institutions, or a nongovernmental organization or organizations having accomplished notable advances in the health field in recent years, particularly since the promotion of the strategy for achieving health for all by the year 2000.
3. The Prize aims at encouraging the further development of outstanding innovative work in health development that has already been accomplished and extends far beyond the call of normal duties; it is not intended as a reward for excellent performance by a candidate of duties normally expected of an official occupying a government position or of a governmental or intergovernmental institution.
4. The following criteria will be applied in the assessment of the work done by the candidate/candidates:
(a) contribution to the successful formulation and implementation of the national policy and strategy for health for all by the year 2000;
(b) promotion of and substantial achievement in advancing given health programmes which have resulted in increasing primary health care coverage, and/or improving the quality of health care to the population, and a notable reduction of given health problems;
(c) contribution to increased efficiency and management of health systems; policy development, health legislation and ethics, within the framework of primary health care;
(d) innovative programmes to reach socially and geographically disadvantaged population groups;
(e) innovative efforts in training and education of health workers in primary health care;
(f) successful and effective efforts in involving communities in planning, management and evaluation of primary health care programmes;
(g) development and successful application of health systems research for the advancement of primary health care.
5. The candidate/candidates nominated for the Prize must be intimately and directly connected with the efforts and achievements in a given area and must have the possibility of remaining involved in the further development of this work.
6. As one of the main objectives of the Prize is to encourage the further development of such work, the candidate/candidates will be requested to indicate how the award funds would be used for this purpose. The recipient/recipients of the award will, where appropriate, be required to submit annually a report on work carried out to the Administrator of the Prize.
7. To facilitate the assessment of the work done and the accomplishments, the most recent and pertinent documentation directly related to the work should be submitted along with the nomination. Such materials should illustrate clearly the nature of work carried out, the results achieved, the difficulties and obstacles encountered, and the solutions proposed and implemented; they need not necessarily have been published in a scientific or other journal. Inadequate or inappropriate documentary evidence of the work carried out will greatly handicap the Prize Selection Panel in the assessment of the candidature.
8. To further support the documentary evidence, if necessary, the Administrator, on behalf of the Prize Selection Panel, reserves the right to examine the work done by the candidate/candidates.
9. Current and former staff members of the World Health Organization, and current members of the Executive Board, shall be ineligible to receive the Prize.
10. If more than one candidate is considered eligible by the Prize Selection Panel and selected to receive the Prize, the sum will be proportionately distributed between them.
11. These guidelines will be reviewed and updated periodically as considered appropriate.