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Registration opens for the Virchow Prize for Global Health Award Ceremony 2022

Registration for the inaugural Virchow Prize for Global Health Award Ceremony is open.

The Virchow Prize for Global Health is a major international award of the highest prestige, which honours laureates for their outstanding achievements in addressing the complex global health challenges faced today.  Endowed with €500,000, this prize is awarded annually by the non-profit Virchow Foundation for Global Health. The award ceremony is held for the first time this fall under the High Patronage of the German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Join the global health community and distinguished guests for this special ceremony in Berlin, celebrating the first Virchow Prize for Global Health laureate on the evening of October 15, 2022. 

For this award ceremony, the Virchow Foundation for Global Health is thrilled to be partnering with the World Health Summit (WHS). The WHS is the world’s leading global health conference, co-organised this year with the World Health Organization (WHO). Guests of the Virchow Prize for Global Health are cordially invited to attend both the Prize ceremony and the WHS conference in the days immediately following – hosting a truly exciting and dynamic weekend for global health in Berlin.

Virchow Prize for Global Health Award Ceremony:
Saturday, October 15 | 18:00–19:30 CET
Registration and reception begin at 17:00 CET.

Venue:
Rudolf Virchow Room (Grand Ballroom)
Hotel Berlin Central District
Stauffenbergstraße 26
DE-10785 Berlin

For additional information on the award ceremony and registration, please visit our website: https://virchowprize.org/prize-ceremony/

Last chance:
Nominations for the Virchow Prize for Global Health are eligible for submission until June 30, 2022 at 24:00 (CEST). All details here: https://virchowprize.org/nominations/

 

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Federal President Steinmeier assumes the High Patronage for the Virchow Prize for Global Health

Photograph: Federal Government/Steffen Kugler

 

Inaugurating the festive award ceremony of the €500,000 Prize on October 15, 2022 in Berlin

Berlin, June 28, 2022 – Under the High Patronage of German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Virchow Prize for Global Health will be awarded for the first time on October 15, 2022 in Berlin.

As a prestigious, international award, the Virchow Prize recognises outstanding achievements in the field of global health that are closely related to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. The Virchow Prize is awarded to individuals, organisations and institutions who have made a significant contribution to strengthening global health through their work or lifetime achievements – be it through civil society, scientific, humanitarian, social or political commitment. The Virchow Prize is endowed with 500,000 euros and is awarded annually by the Virchow Foundation for Global Health.

It is essential that the international, interdisciplinary and multisectoral collaborations that address global health challenges receive our immense support. In this context, it is those who work tirelessly to improve the health of the world’s population that deserve recognition and respect at the highest level. The Virchow Prize, under the High Patronage of the German Federal President, promotes this awareness by anchoring the crucial importance of global health, above all, amongst the broader public,” says Professor Gerald Haug, Foundation President and President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

With the Virchow Prize, the Virchow Foundation for Global Health raises awareness on the importance of health by honouring accomplishments that address the challenges in this field that are innovative and sustainable. The non-profit Foundation, based in Berlin and Münster, was established out of civil society commitment with the support of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and leading international experts in the field of global health. The Foundation aims to serve as an international platform to the global improvement of health in close connection with the World Health Summit.

Nominations for the Virchow Prize for Global Health can be submitted until June 30: https://virchowprize.org/nominations/

 

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Meet Ambassador Stéphanie Seydoux, Co-Chair of the Council

Meet Ambassador Stéphanie Seydoux, Co-Chair of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council 

Stéphanie Seydoux was appointed French Ambassador for Global Health in 2018, helping design and implement the French Strategy for Global Health executed by French actors all around the world. Ambassador Seydoux represents France in various international organisations and was actively involved in in the 6th Global Fund Replenishment conference in Lyon, in October 2019. Ambassador Seydoux started her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards she joined the ENA (Ecole nationale d’administration) and the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS) in 2004. From 2007 to 2010, she was Head of Equality Promotion at the French Independent Equality Commission, before serving as Deputy Ambassador at the French Embassy in Kenya. Upon returning to France, she became Head of the French Women’s rights department from 2014 to 2017. Ambassador Seydoux is motivated to join the Council to bring attention to global health and help ensure it remains high on the political agenda.

From your perspective, why is engagement and awareness raising for global health important?

Health is a crucial dimension of our lives, quite obviously. What priority could be greater than to keep ourselves alive, and healthy? Yet, investments in health and even political prioritisation remain structurally insufficient worldwide. The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic reflected this underestimation of the risks. The pandemic has therefore provided a stern warning and tragic opportunity to re-invest in health, at national levels, and above all collectively, in order to ensure that we are better prepared and able to react more efficiently. This implies strengthening the multilateral governance of pandemic preparedness around the World Health Organization, and ensuring sustainable investments in health systems, the “first line of defence” against health crisis, as well as the foundations to build Universal Health Coverage and achieve SDG3. Solidarity and equity are crucial in this respect. Therefore, health is by essence a global issue. Individual health, national health policies, and multilateral health approaches are interconnected. This is why engagement and awareness raising for global health are key: they ensure that health remains high on the global agenda.

How are you committed to engaging in global health topics within your current professional role and activities?

As French Ambassador for Global Health, I have helped implement my government’s strong commitment to global health through our main priorities: the fight against infectious diseases, through our considerable investment in the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Unitaid, and in Gavi, the vaccine alliance; reinforcing the multilateral approach to global health issues via strengthening of WHO; ensuring an equitable response to the Covid-19 pandemic with the creation of the Access for Covid Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), to which France has contributed largely; supporting health systems and human resources for health in a Universal Health Coverage perspective, in particular through the WHO Academy established in Lyon with French support; promoting a “One Health” approach with the establishment of the One Health High Level Expert Panel and the Prezode Network. These priorities were convergent with those of the European Union, under French Presidency in the first half of 2022, and will be embodied in the next European Strategy for Global Health to be launched soon, an exciting perspective ahead!

How do you hope to achieve greater awareness and engagement for global health in your new role at the Virchow Foundation for Global Health? How can the Virchow Prize for Global Health help to increase awareness?

I was honoured to be appointed Co-Chair of the Council of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health. The role of the Council is to advise the Foundation, in particular on the process for designation of the laureate for the Virchow Prize for Global Health devolved to a high-level committee. The creation of this novel prestigious prize is excellent news as it will undoubtedly bring both attention and “lettres de noblesse” to high level engagement in Global Health.

Find out more on the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council and its Members here: https://virchowprize.org/council/ 

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