Atlanta, June 7, 2019 – MAP International presented the third annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards at the Delta Flight Museum. The award, named to pay tribute to Bill Foege, best known for eradicating smallpox, honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health. This year’s award recognizes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ambassador Andrew J. Young and CNN Founder Ted Turner for humanitarian achievements in combating diseases worldwide.
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., accepted 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.
Ted Turner, who is founder and chairman of the United Nations Foundation, has provided
millions of dollars in grants to major health organizations and has traveled the world on global health missions to eliminate diseases. Brett Turner accepted the award on behalf of his father at the ceremony.
“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 is an honor for MAP to celebrate their dedication and achievements at this year’s event.”