International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB) has been awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, one of the most prestigious humanitarian awards in the world, for its innovative approach to solving global healthy issues impacting the world’s most impoverished communities, reports a press release.
The Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on October 11, was attended by world leaders and humanitarians. The event focused on reaching across borders, cultures and sectors to navigate an evolving humanitarian landscape.
ICDDRB has received $2 million in unrestricted funding, joining the list of 21 previous organisations that have received the Hilton Humanitarian Prize over the last two decades.
“We are indeed very honoured to receive the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize,” said Professor John D. Clemens, executive director of ICDDRB. In his address he also highlighted the humanitarian aspect of ICDDRB's work and said: “With our three diarrhoeal treatment facilities we treat more than 200,000 patients a year, more importantly this is free of cost and we do not turn away anyone for lack of funds.”
Founder and chairman of BRAC Sir Fazle Hasan Abed; award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario; founder of international NGO Tostan Molly Melching; president and CEO of Search for Common Ground Shamil Idriss; president and editor-in-chief of Devex Raj Kumar; co-founder and CEO of News Deeply Lara Setrakian; and ICDDRB Senior Directors and Deputy Executive Director, among others, have attended the event.
Established in 1996, the prize is given to an organisation, anywhere in the world, judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering - often operating at great risk, hardship or personal sacrifice.