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Bill Foege Global Health Awards


The Bill Foege Host Committee and our sponsors have canceled the 2020 Awards event scheduled for April 30 in order to re-purpose all donations to help MAP International provide health supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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2020 Award Winners

  • Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health
  • Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
  • David Abney, UPS, CEO & Chairman
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)

Event Emcee

Monica Kaufman Pearson 

2020 Event Committee 


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

Committee Members

J. Cannon Carr, CornerCap Investment Counsel
Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin
Eric Drummond, BaxterKrause Executive Search
David Duke, Living Stories
Jerry Eickhoff, World Outreach Fund
Larry Gildersleve, Brightwell Investments
Ben Harris, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Lila and Doug Hertz, United Distributors Inc.
Bob Hope, Hope-Beckham, Inc.
Wade Kruse, Grant Thornton
Jae Kullar, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
David Lewis, David Lewis Productions
Wonya Lucas, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Mike McDermott, Kaiser Permanente
Sunny Park, General Building Maintenance, Inc.
Bill Price, Top Right Partners
Valerie Montgomery Rice, Morehouse School of Medicine
Maria Thacker, Georgia Global Health Alliance


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.

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."

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

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2020 Bill Foege Award Recipients Announced

Please join us at the fourth annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the Delta Flight Museum to honor and celebrate  individual and corporate contributions to the progress of global health:

Global Health Icon: Dr. Paul Farmer
Global Health Educator: Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
Global Health Philanthropist: David Abney, CEO & Chairman and
United Parcel Service (UPS) 

These awards will be presented by Dr. Bill Foege, who has saved more lives than anyone in history through his work to eradicate smallpox and advance global health equity. Join more than 500 business and community leaders paying tribute to these deserving honorees.

PaulFarmerDr. Paul Farmer, a pioneer in community health development, co-founded Partners in Health, a non-governmental organization that works in 11 countries through local treatment strategies caring for patients most in need in their homes and communities. 

PIH works in close partnership with local government officials and the world’s leading medical and academic institutions to build capacity and strengthen health systems while accompanying the people and communities they serve for the long term. Dr. Farmer, an anthropologist, a practicing physician and Harvard Medical School Professor, best known for his four decades of work in Haiti, was one of the leaders in the Ebola outbreak responses in Liberia and Sierra Leone and has just opened the University for Global Health Equity in Rwanda.

Sullivan_head_shot--MSM_logo_background-jpeg-(2)Dr. Louis W. Sullivan is the founding dean and president emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)-- the first predominantly black medical school established in the United States in the 20th Century.

He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1989 to 1993. While serving as HHS Secretary, Sullivan’s emphasis was health promotion and disease prevention -- launching Healthy People 2000 and the Human Genome Project.  He promoted smoking cessation programs, childhood vaccinations, healthy lifestyles, and dramatically increased automobile seat belt use.

david_abney_webDavid Abney, chief executive officer for United Parcel Service (UPS), will be honored with the Bill Foege Global Health Award along with the company he leads.

Abney, who began his career as a part-time package loader in college, serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for UPS. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing logistics, sustainability, engineering and all facets of the UPS transportation network that serves more than 220 countries and territories. Abney is a Trustee of the UPS and Annie E. Casey Foundations, Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and member of the World Affairs Council and Business Roundtable.

Atlanta: A Global Health Hub of Excellence

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.

Past Bill Foege Global Health Award Honorees

2019 Foege Award Recipient: Ambassador Andrew Young

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.



2019: Ted Turner

Throughout his career, Ted Turner has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; 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, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, among many others.



2019: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

2018: President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter

President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founders of The Carter Center, received the 2018 Bill Foege Global Health Award for their contributions in combating diseases in Africa and Latin America and restoring global health. The nonpartisan and nonprofit Carter Center works to resolve conflicts, advance democracy, protect human rights, prevent disease and improve mental health care. 


2017: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2017, MAP International and Dr. Bill Foege recognized the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its contributions to eradicate polio and promote global health.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.


2017: Rotary International

MAP International annually presents the Bill Foege Global Health Awards for individuals and organizations making substantial contributions to global health progress.

In 2017, MAP International and Dr. Bill Foege recognized the members of Rotary International for their work in the eradication of polio from the planet.