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Public health prizes 2017


26 May 2017

Dr H.A.R. Al Rand, United Arab Emirates; Professor Lô Boubou Baïdy (Mauritania), Winner of the 2017 United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize; His Excellency, Ambassador Obaid Salem Saeed Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Office; Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chairman of the Nippon Foundation; Ms Ayush Tsogtsetseg, Minister of Health of Mongolia representing Dr Arslan Rinchin, winner of the 2017 Sasakawa Health Prize; Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation and president of the Seventieth World Health Assembly; Dr Margaret Chan, WHO  Director-General; Dr Etsuko Kita;  Mr Yo han IHN, President of the Korea Foundation for International Health Care; H.E. Dr.Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Health of Cuba; Dr Felix Baez Sarria, Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade and winner of the 2017 Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health
Dr H.A.R. Al Rand, United Arab Emirates; Professor Lô Boubou Baïdy (Mauritania), Winner of the 2017 United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize; His Excellency, Ambassador Obaid Salem Saeed Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Office; Mr Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chairman of the Nippon Foundation; Ms Ayush Tsogtsetseg, Minister of Health of Mongolia representing Dr Arslan Rinchin, winner of the 2017 Sasakawa Health Prize; Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation and president of the Seventieth World Health Assembly; Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General; Dr Etsuko Kita; Mr Yo han IHN, President of the Korea Foundation for International Health Care; H.E. Dr.Roberto Morales Ojeda, Minister of Health of Cuba; Dr Felix Baez Sarria, Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade and winner of the 2017 Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health
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International action by Cuba to support emergencies, including disease outbreaks such as Ebola – and lifelong dedication to reducing the hepatitis burden in Mauritania and Mongolia – gain recognition on the world health stage.

The prizes, established in the name of eminent health professionals, are awarded for accomplishments in public health. Every year, national health administrations and former prize recipients submit nominations. The WHO Executive Board, in its January session, designates the winners based on recommendations made by the selection panel of each foundation awarding a prize.

This year’s winners were presented with their awards on Friday 26 May 2017 during the plenary meeting of the Seventieth World Health Assembly.

The prizes awarded are: