Atlanta, April 22, 2019 – The third annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards will be presented by MAP International on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Delta Flight Museum. The award, named to pay tribute to Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health. This year’s award recognizes The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ambassador Andrew J. Young and Ted Turner for humanitarian achievements in combating diseases worldwide.

Last year’s recipients of the award, President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event.

The CDC, where Bill Foege, M.D., served as director for six years, contributes to global health efforts by detecting and controlling disease outbreaks at the source both nationally and internationally. The CDC helps other countries build the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to various health threats, knowing that disease has no borders. CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

A champion of human rights, Ambassador Andrew Young has dedicated his life to assisting challenged communities through programs that aim to improve life, health and well-being. Young has focused his efforts and the initiatives of his foundation on tapping into Africa’s vast economic potential by advancing the quality of life in communities across the continent.

Throughout his career, Ted Turner has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; sharp business skills; a vision that transformed television; leadership qualities that won sports championships; and his unprecedented philanthropy.

“Our Bill Foege Global Health Award winners represent some of the very best examples of outstanding service and leadership in improving health and well-being of communities worldwide,” said President & CEO of MAP International Steve Stirling. “It will be an honor for MAP to celebrate their dedication and achievements at the 2019 event.”

MAP International is pleased to have J. Cannon Carr, chief investment officer at CornerCap Investment Counsel, and Russell Medford, CEO and chairman at Covanos Inc, serving as co-chairs of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards.

For sponsorship and ticket information, visit https://www.map.org/foege