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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Celebrating Mothers and Children Worldwide

Health and Human Rights Awards 2011

 Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and author of the memoir, A Long Way Gone, and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. 

 On April 5th, HealthRight International and over 300 friends and supporters gathered at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York for the 2011 Health and Human Rights Awards. 

We were pleased to have Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and author of the memoir, A Long Way Gone, present the 2011 Health & Human Rights Leadership Award to Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.  Queen Silvia was recognized for her extraordinary work with the World Childhood Foundation, which she founded in order to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.. 

Our 2011 Corporate Leadership Award was given to Gilead Sciences in recognition of  their work fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS around the world through the development of new treatments and their programs to make treatment afordable and accessible. Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs, accepted the award on behalf of Gilead.

HealthRight was also very pleased to honor its longtime partner in Russia, Doctors to Children.  Founded in 2001, Doctors to Children is on the forefront in developing rights-based child welfare programs in St. Petersburg and seven other regions in the Russian Federation.  With HealthRight, Doctors to Children has co-implemented innovative foster family programs, HIV prevention efforts, crisis intervention services, prevention of child abandonment programs (MAMA +)  and training initiatives for health workers and social service providers, all aimed at improving the health and survival of vulnerable children and youth., Lyudmila Morozova, RN, Doctors to Children founder and board member and current MAMA+ project social worker, accepted the Partner Award. 

Thank you once more to our incredible supporters, awardees and participants, and to all of those who made this year’s event such a success.