Bangladesh based global health organisation International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB) has been announced as the 22nd recipients of the $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
The announcement was made through a press release from the Conrad N Hilton Foundation as well as through an event organised by ICDDRB at Sasakawa Auditorium in Mohakhali, Dhaka, on Tuesday.
As part of the award, ICDDRB shall receive $2 million in unrestricted funding. The last of the 21 previous organisations to win the award was the Task Force for Global Health.
The Foundation's President and CEO Peter Laugharn said: “ICDDRB has had a profound impact on health crises and breakthroughs worldwide. As we seek solutions to bridge global divides, the world can learn a lot from ICDDRB —not just about vaccines, but about scientifically-researched approaches to public health problems that work.”
Meanwhile, ICDDRB Director Dr John Clemens said: “We are honored to receive the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize.”
“The prize will help support our current research efforts to move forward our in-house pipeline of new, low cost products and interventions addressing a wide range of public health problems in developing countries, including severe acute malnutrition and pneumonia in children, tuberculosis and life-threatening maternal hemorrhage during childbirth,” he added.
ICCDRB will formally be awarded the prize at the Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony, to be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on October 11, 2017.