Friday, December 10, 2010

Queen Silvia and Gilead: 2011 Health and Human Rights Award Winners

NEW YORK, NY – On April 5, 2011, HealthRight International will honor Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden with a Health & Human Rights Leadership Award at a ceremony in New York.

Queen Silvia  of Sweden will receive the Health & Human Rights Leadership Award for her work to make health and justice accessible to many who are mistreated in the world – children living in institutions or on the street, young mothers, sexually abused children and others. In 1999, she founded the World Childhood Foundation out of an urgent need to address the social, emotional and material poverty of children around the world. Over the last ten years the World Childhood Foundation has grown to support more than 100 programs in 16 countries.  Queen Silvia will accept the award recognizing her and the work of the World Childhood Foundation.

HealthRight will also present its 2011 Corporate Leadership Award to Gilead Sciences for their work to fight the spread of HIV and AIDS around the world by developing new treatments and making therapy affordable in those countries most impacted by the disease.

Gregg Alton, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Medical Affairs, will accept the award on behalf of Gilead. Alton is one of the architects of Gilead’s current HIV Access Program, which reaches 130 countries in the developing world. The aim of this program is to make available the company’s antiretroviral products at “no-profit” prices, and to further reduce cost of treatment through technology transfer to generic manufacturers.

The Health & Human Rights Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on April 5, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in midtown, New York City.


About HealthRight International
Each year, HealthRight International recognizes the work of individuals, organizations, and business leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the cause of health and human rights. It is through the dedicated efforts of such individuals and organizations that our common mission of promoting and protecting health and human rights is achieved.

HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities. We work closely with communities and establish local partnerships to deliver health services. At the same time, we provide training and equipment and improve systems to enable our partners to deliver services on their own. Our goal is to create lasting change that supports access to health while strengthening human rights. Since its founding in 1990 by the late Dr. Jonathan Mann, HealthRight has worked in over 30 countries, with current projects in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the United States.

For more information on HealthRight International, please visit

About Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden
Silvia, the Queen of Sweden, was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 23 December 1943. Her parents were the late Walther Sommerlath and his Brazilian wife Alice, née de Toledo, also deceased. Silvia Renate Sommerlath and King Carl XVI Gustaf met at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. They announced their engagement at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 12 March 1976, and they were married on 19 June the same year.  King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia have three children: Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Madeleine.

Queen Silvia founded the World Childhood Foundation in 1999. The Foundation’s present focus is to protect children from being sexually abused and exploited, with special attention to the needs of girls and young mothers. Key efforts are directed towards assisting children in Brazil, China, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. The World Childhood Foundation has supported HealthRight International for over ten years for work with children in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

For more information on the World Childhood Foundation, please visit

About Gilead Sciences
Since 1987, Gilead Sciences has worked to discover, develop and commercialize medications to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases in areas of unmet medical need.

Headquartered in Foster City, California, the company has expanded rapidly over the past two decades, with annual revenues now exceeding $7 billion, operations spanning four continents and a staff of approximately 4,000 employees. Gilead’s primary areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver disease and serious cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

For more information on Gilead, please visit