Virchow Prize

for global health

Honouring Lifetime Achievements Towards Health for All

The Virchow Prize for Global Health recognizes and celebrates innovations with significant impact on the broad health challenges we face as a global community. With this award, lifetime achievements towards “Health for All” are honoured.


To promote and lever “Good Health and Well-Being for All” in line with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals


To support and promote research projects and the application of research results in global and public health


To foster an increasingly close multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of global health


To grow awareness and engagement for global health and the health-related SDGs among the general public

The Virchow Prize for Global Health highlights and supports the efforts of the United Nations to preserve the health of people and the planet through attainment of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Virchow Foundation and the Virchow Prize for Global Health strive to raise awareness of global health issues, particularly among society and the general public.

The Virchow Prize for Global Health materializes the lifetime achievement of prominent individuals and organisations around the world by establishing a significant international prize of the highest prestige 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 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.