WHO awardees for the Western Pacific

Award winners and representatives of the foundations presenting awards are applauded by assembled delegates.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today paid tribute to a health professional and two institutions from the Western Pacific Region for their outstanding contributions to health.

The WHO Executive Board, meeting in Geneva for the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly, confirmed the awarding of the Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health to New Zealand's Pacific Leprosy Foundation. The laureate will receive US$ 100 000.

The Executive Board also confirmed the awarding of the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize to China's Dr Chen Bowen and to the Renal Disease Control Program in the Philippines. Each laureate will receive US$ 20 000.

The Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health recognizes outstanding contributions to public health. The United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prizes recognize outstanding contributions to health development.

The Christchurch-based Pacific Leprosy Foundation was honoured for its work in Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Viet Nam to eradicate leprosy, to care for patients and their families and to reduce stigmatization through education.

Dr Chen was honoured for his contributions to the establishment of community health centers in China.

The Renal Disease Control Program in the Philippines was honoured for its work on the prevention and control of renal and related diseases, including its administration and management of the Philippines Renal Disease Registry and the organ donation programme of the Philippine Department of Health.

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