for global health
Honouring Lifetime Achievements Towards Health for All
VIRCHOW PRIZE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
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 honours humanistic and interdisciplinary research, while upholding the United Nations’ efforts to preserve the health of people and the planet.
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, which awards the lifetime achievement of individuals or organisations who have devoted their work to improving 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.