The Virchow Foundation for Global Health and the Virchow Prize for Global Health, which it established, provide a highly respected, international platform to raise awareness of global health issues, particularly among society and the general public.
The Virchow Prize for Global Health materializes ongoing campaigns of prominent individuals and organisations around the world by establishing a significant international prize of the highest prestige that awards outstanding achievements in the broad field of global health.
Moreover, the Virchow Prize for Global Health aims to incentivise and spur future generations of great minds in their commitment to global health. Anyone with a desire to improve the health of the world’s population, whether through academic, political, social or economic/industrial innovation, should be able to aspire to such an prestigious award. The Virchow Prize for Global Health honours and celebrates contributions with great significance towards achieving sustainable impact on the global health challenges we face today.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought home to everyone around the world, as never before, how important health is in each facet of a functioning society. Health is the most important value for each individual, spanning across societies and cultures in every region of the world.
The Virchow Prize for Global Health directly addresses the relationship between medical, political, economic and social determinants of health, and aims to contribute sustainable and universal improvement of health outcomes.
VIRCHOW PRIZE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH & UN 2030 AGENDA
The United Nations Member States unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 25 September 2015. Health is influenced by all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and, more importantly, health itself influences each of these goals. Therefore, the Virchow Prize for Global Health simultaneously acknowledges the humanistic, interdisciplinary research, and trans-sectoral work in the field of global health, while upholding the United Nations’ efforts to preserve our planet for healthy living.
To accommodate the challenges of the 21st century, there is a need to expand the currently existing scope of international prizes at the highest level. Since 1901, the Nobel Prizes have awarded the fields of medicine or physiology, chemistry, physics, and literature, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize. The Virchow Prize for Global Health is an independent prize of comparable status, granted for the achievements in interdisciplinary research and translational projects in global health.
The Virchow Prize for Global Health is the first award of such high prestige to be deliberately established in direct connection to the UN SDGs, and specifically addresses SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” among the 17 Goals.