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Celebrating Global Health Heroes 

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

Leaders in the global health community consider Dr. Bill Foege as a folk hero in the global health community, crediting him as "the man most responsible for eradicating smallpox."

Dr. Foege has led organizations such as 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.

This signature award for achievement in global health is aptly being named for him. 

2019 Awardees

The Honorable Andrew J. Young

131126_Andrew Young_final_006-2 (2)In the decades since Andrew Young helped change the course of history as a leader in the Civil Rights movement, he has built a remarkable legacy as a civic activist, elected official, groundbreaking ambassador, social entrepreneur, and adviser to presidents. His contributions to the global health community also stand out as remarkable achievements.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Redfield_R_CDCofficial_4249ccThe Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has inspired the incredible growth of important health organizations in Atlanta.  

From its origins in malaria control, CDC has now grown to become the nation’s lead public health agency, whose mission is to “collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.”

Their mission has attracted an extraordinary collection of scientists and community health leaders to the City of Atlanta. Dr. Robert Redfield will accept the award on behalf of CDC.  

Dr. Redfield, MD, is the 18th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Ted Turner

Ted Turner - High ResThroughout his career, Ted Turner has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; sharp business skills; a vision that transformed television; leadership qualities that won sports championships; and his unprecedented philanthropy.

Turner is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including being named TIME Magazine’s 1991 Man of the Year, Broadcasting and Cable’s Man of the Century in 1999 and one of TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People in 2009. Turner also received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy in 2016, and in 2017 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, among many others.

Why Atlanta?

MAP International chooses Atlanta to host its annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards because much of Dr. Bill Foege's work took place within this great city, establishing 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.

About MAP International

MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. 

Where Disease is endemic, MAP works with partners to restore health by providing basic medicines and health supplies where there is little or no access for those living in poverty.

Where Disaster strikes, MAP sends Disaster Health Kits (DHK), essential medicines and medical products and other critical relief supplies needed to treat injuries and prevent the spread of illness.

And where Despair threatens humanity, MAP brings its extensive network of partners to provide medicines and health supplies to help those living in the darkest of conditions.

We serve all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background so they might experience life to the fullest.

For 65 years, MAP International has contributed to global health progress by providing billions in essential medicines and health supplies. 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.  

MAP International (EIN: 36-2586390), one of America's top charities, is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

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Save The Date

7 PM, Thursday, April 30, 2020
Delta Flight Museum
1060 Delta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30354

2020 Award Winners

Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health
Dr. Louis Sullivan

2020 Event Committee 


Liz Blake, Co-Chair, Partners in Health
Stephanie Blank, Co-Chair, The Naserian Foundation

Committee Members

J. Cannon Carr, CornerCap Investment Counsel
Eric Drummond, BaxterKrause Executive Search
David Duke, Living Stories
Jerry Eickhoff, World Outreach Fund
Larry Gildersleve, Brightwell Investments
Ben Harris, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Bob Hope, Hope-Beckham, Inc.
Jae Kullar, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Sunny Park, General Building Maintenance, Inc.
Steve Stirling, MAP International
Maria Thacker, Georgia Global Health Alliance

Video Tributes To Past Recipients

2019 - The Honorable Andrew Young

2019 - Ted Turner

2019 - The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


2018 - President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter

2017 - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2017 - Rotary International


2019 Highlights


2018 Highlights