As a way to honor those making substantial progress in global health, MAP International established the Bill Foege Global Health Awards.
Named for Dr. Bill Foege, a former member of MAP’s Board of Governors and the person credited with eradicating smallpox in the world, the annual award brings attention to those organizations making a difference in public health.
This year’s recipients were Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Both were recognized specifically for their work in eradicating polio. More than 400 leaders celebrated the award at a dinner in Atlanta.
Speaking about the eradication of smallpox and the near elimination of polio in the world, along with a decrease in deaths from other illnesses, Dr. Foege proclaimed, “This is just a beginning.”