Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter Were Honored at the 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Awards

Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founders of The Carter Center, last night received the 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Award for their work in eradicating disease and the championing of mental health. 

Before a gathering of more than 500 business and global health community leaders, the Carters accepted the honor presented by MAP International President Steve Stirling. The ceremony was emceed by multiple Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and included testimonies on the progress of global health from MAP International CEO Steve Stirling, renowned global health legend Dr. Bill Foege and many others. 

The Awards were presented to Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founders of The Carter Center, for their contributions in combating diseases in Africa and Latin America and restoring global health. 

 View this tribute to the extraordinary work carried out by President and Mrs. Carter.


“We are honored to accept the award named for Dr. Bill Foege. He is my hero. Dr. Foege has helped us with almost everything we have done in global health,” said Mrs. Carter. She cited the work carried out during the Carter administration to boost early childhood immunizations in the United States. “I thank Dr. Foege for all he has done for our country and our world. I am grateful to receive this award in his name,” Mrs. Carter said.

Many notable Atlantans were in attendance including legendary Braves player Hank Aaron and his wife Billye, philanthropist Stephanie Blank, media mogul Ted Turner, and former Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services John Bardis.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber also announced its Global Health ATL initiative. Global Health ATL is designed to drive Atlanta’s reputation as the “center for global health.” The initiative’s cornerstone project is the creation of a health innovation district in the heart of metro Atlanta.

The city of Atlanta came together to honor the Carters at the second annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards. More than thirty Atlanta-based organizations sponsored this historic event including Gold Sponsors Cox Enterprises, Crazy Good Turns, Delta Air Lines, UPS, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The event directly supports the mission of MAP International.

“We are very humbled by the outpouring of support by the Atlanta community,” said Stirling. “It was an incredible evening with the world’s most innovative minds in global health meeting with the top business executives. We are excited for the future of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards!”

About the Bill Foege Global Health Awards

MAP International annually presents the Bill Foege Global Health Awards to recognize people and organizations whose contributions to the progress of global health measure substantially.


Dr. Bill Foege is a folk hero in the global health community. He’s known as the man most responsible for eradicating smallpox. The list of organizations he has led represent the ‘A’ list of global health innovators. It includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Carter Center, and the Task Force for Global Health, the second largest health-related charity in the world. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2012, Dr. Foege was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his life accomplishments.  He has also received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind and the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage in addition to numerous other awards.

Now, after countless achievements and accolades, a top award for achievement in global health is aptly being named for him. 

Atlanta - A  Center for Global Health Progress

Much of Dr. Bill Foege's work has led to the establishment of the City of Atlanta as a center for global health progress.  

No other city in the world has the institutions that reach as far and do the work to cure diseases and improve living conditions. Starting with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the list includes the Carter Center, Emory Global Health Institute, Task Force for Global Health, American Cancer Society, MAP International, CARE, MedShare and many others. 

Atlanta represents the very best at improving the health of humanity. And the hard work conducted here in global health development is good for our city.

To visualize what this means, view this video produced by MAP International at the 2017 Bill Foege Global Health Awards:


You may also read more about Atlanta's role in global health progress in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

About MAP International

MAP International, is a leading global Christian health and relief organization that improves access to essential medicines for people living in poverty. Known for its efficiency and effectiveness, MAP responds to the needs of those we serve by providing medicines and health supplies.

For 63 years, MAP International has contributed to global health progress by providing more than $6 billion in essential medicines and health supplies, orchestrating a successful education and engagement with pastors in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in East Africa, working in partnership toward the eradication of Guinea Worm in Cote’ d’Ivoire, preventing the spread of Ebola and treating its victims in West Africa, and leading numerous other interventions against neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Foege served on MAP International’s Board of Governors during the 1990s. 

 *Funds generated from the Bill Foege Global Health Award event support MAP's global mission.  All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Federal Tax ID # for MAP International is 36-2586390.

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