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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights

"People say there is no use trying to change the world.
But if we don't try, will it change?"

- Dr. Jonathan Mann
 
HealthRight International is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2009 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, presented by the Global Health Council.
 
The nomination deadline for the Jonathan Mann Award is January 15, 2009. Click here for background and criteria.

The Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights was established in 1999 to honor Dr. Jonathan Mann and highlight the vital link between health and human rights.  Sponsored by four organizations, Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, HealthRight International, John Snow, Inc. and the Global Health Council, the award is bestowed annually to a leading practitioner in health and human rights and comes with a substantial financial reward to allow its recipients a measure of freedom to pursue their work in the important area of global health and human rights.

Despite his untimely death in a 1998 plane crash, Jonathan Mann is considered by many to be one of the most important figures in the 20th century fight against global poverty, illness and social injustice.

As the first director of the World Health Organization's Special Program on AIDS from 1986-1990, Dr. Mann pioneered the approach to AIDS that continues to shape public health policy today.  As the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard University from 1990-1997, Dr. Mann began to articulate the ways in which the health of individuals and populations reflects access to basic human rights, using as his warrant his years as a public health practitioner and strategist and as his text the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Mann focused public attention on the fact that prejudice and discrimination help drive the AIDS epidemic, and that discrimination against those at risk of infection fuels the epidemic further. History will especially remember Dr. Mann for bringing to the world's attention the basic notion that improved health cannot be achieved without basic human rights, and that these rights are meaningless without adequate health.

Dr. Mann founded HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA) in 1990, in the desire to establish a unique organization with a mission to create sustainable programs providing access to health care for excluded populations, and to promote and protect health and human rights in the United States and abroad. Today, HealthRight is active on four continents, working to build lasting solutions to some of the world’s worst health crises.
 
The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at a special Awards Ceremony during the Global Health Council's Annual International Conference. The winner's name is embargoed until the time of the ceremony. 

The following organizations are proud to have served as co-sponsors for the Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights: