Tuberculosis (TB)

WHO Stop TB Director receives prestigious award

Dr Mario Raviglione is pictured with Sir John Crofton who was also honoured with the Union Medal at the conference in October 2005 for his pioneering work in TB control.
WHO/G. Thomas

The Director of WHO's Stop TB Department, Dr Mario Raviglione, has been honoured with the 2005 Princess Chichibu Memorial TB Global Award.

The annual prize is given to a person who has shown great achievements in anti-tuberculosis activities, irrespective of his or her nationality. Recommended by the awards committee of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), a candidate is nominated and confirmed by the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association.

The US $10,000 prize money is to be placed in an account at WHO - dedicated to the memory of a colleague Lisa Veron - which will help fund the training of young WHO professionals in TB control.

In his acceptance speech at the IUATLD's world conference in Paris in October 2005, Dr Raviglione accepted the award on behalf of the World Health Organization, then thanked colleagues and friends across the international TB community. He also paid special tribute to his family for their support over the years.