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

The second annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards will be presented by MAP International Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Delta Flight Museum.

To commend Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, the award honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health.

This year’s award recognizes 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.

The event will be emceed by multiple Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Topics: Global Health Jimmy Carter Bill Foege Awards

2017 Global Community Health Achievements: Africa

Because of your support, MAP International has been providing medicines for people in need for more than 63 years.  Each year brings more hope to those who seek to improve the health of their communities.  In 2017 MAP worked alongside communities in Africa shining the light of hope for more than 3.4 million people.

In this second part of our series on MAP's Global Community Health efforts, we share highlights from our 2017 Annual Report focused on MAP field offices serving East and West Africa.  Our efforts to help women, children and families combat both severe and common health issues has delivered great success.

Our 2017 activities by country office are highlighted here:

Topics: Global Health Africa

Global Community Development: 2017 MAP Achievements & News

One of the highlights of MAP International’s 2017 Annual Report is a summary of our Global Community Health efforts.  Did you know over 3.5 million lives were impacted by community health and development services through MAP’s field offices in Africa and Latin America in 2017?  

Topics: Ecuador Global Health Bolivia

Recognizing Excellence in Global Health

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.

Topics: Global Health

First Annual Bill Foege Global Health Award To Be Presented To Rotary International And Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation In June

On June 11, 2017, MAP International and the Atlanta global health community will launch the annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards.

Topics: Global Health humanitarian aid

The Philanthropic Side of Pharma

It’s easy to get the wrong impression about the pharmaceutical industry. Greedy entrepreneurs like Martin Shkreli make headlines for shamelessly inflating the prices of life-saving drugs. Politicians campaign on reducing the high cost of prescription medicines.

Topics: Health medical relief Medicines Global Health

World Refugee Day 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

Monday, June 20th, on the UN’s declared World Refugee Day, there are over 50 million refugees around the world.  Many of them are women and children, struggling to survive after fleeing their homes amidst conflict, famine, and natural disasters.

Topics: Health disaster relief medical relief Medicines Relief Partners Global Health

Making the Path Straight to Global Health: Saving Lives Together

A few short weeks ago we were hand delivering very special cargo, as the plane turned at an extreme angle into Tequcigalpa, Honduras, one of the world’s most dangerous airstrips, I hoped that we would land safely for this momentous occasion.  When the plane safely met land, our group was thrilled, we would be able to deliver our medicines to a clinic in need and reach the $5 billion mark in medicines delivered by MAP International.  We have delivered medicines and medical supplies for 60 years, to over 100 countries, impacting millions of people, but for me, this will be the most memorable shipment.

 This team encompassed some of the best Georgia leaders to provide health, hope and a better way of life to people living in remote villages in Honduras.  It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to not only see the lives changed by what we do, but to interact with the missionaries carrying out our life’s work.  This was so much more than delivering our medicines to those in need, this was joining with the Atlanta community to change lives in Honduras through global health.

This week in Honduras was completely out of the norm for our typically journeys, and for that I am eternally grateful because it’s not every day that we get to see the full scope of how medicines change lives and how the leaders of Atlanta make a difference worldwide.

In Tequcigalpa we joined with Honduras Outreach Inc (HOI) based in Atlanta as well as The HAVE Foundation’s Wilderness Team, made up of mostly Atlanta Rotarians to make the 7 hour bus ride to the Agalta Valley.

The remote Agalta Valley has 50,000 inhabitants that HOI and HAVE partner with to improve their lives through education and health care.  At MAP, we see the HOI clinic as the heart of the Agalta Valley community.  We had the honor of bringing enough antibiotics from two Atlanta based pharmaceutical companies to last the clinic an entire year, as well as one of our Johnson & Johnson Medical Mission Packs that is packed with the best donated J&J products to treat a wide range of conditions.    We were also pleased to see medical equipment from MedShare, another Atlanta based NGO in the Agalta Valley clinic.

Each morning, members of the community come mostly by foot or horseback to be seen by the clinics impressive Dr. German Jimenez and his nurses. One mother walked over 30 minutes through a river with her sick infant son to receive medical care, the HOI clinic is the only clinic in the Agalta Valley and it has a vast impact. 


We were privileged to see hundreds of patients that week and each one left healthier than they arrived because of proper medical care.  On day 2, I was standing in front of the clinic staring down the long road that leads each patient there, watching a woman ride slowly towards me on a horse.  It was only after she dismounted that I saw the young child seated behind her. Mary was 7 and had a difficult time dismounting the horse, she never removed her hood from her head even though it was a very warm morning.  As she walked towards the clinic it was very apparent that she could barely stand, she was very sick.  This sweet little girl had been throwing up for days, more than likely from a parasite and was dehydrated.  The clinic treated her for the parasite and gave her Oral Rehydration Salts from MAP to rehydrate her.

The children at this clinic are much like our own, ear aches, coughs and simple infections that are easily treated with basic medicines.  The problem is that medicines are not readily available in the Agalta Valley, unless you come to the HOI clinic.  This clinic brightens the lives of the children in the community by providing them with medicines, medicines that can create a healthier happier life for a child with worms, a common cold or suffering from days of diarrhea.  These medicines are so important to the world and the people that we serve.

On our final day in Honduras we were honored to have the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez join MAP’s CEO, Steve Stirling in the Agalta Valley to receive MAP’s $5 billionth shipment of medicines and supplies delivered to over 100+ countries in 60 years.  “We’ve gone from $4 billion to $5 billion in just 3 short years, so why can’t we go from $5 billion to $10 billion in less time?” says MAP CEO Steve Stirling.  “Working through partners like HOI we can save even more lives.”

Topics: Medical Mission Packs medical relief Honduras Global Health

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