It honors outstanding projects and staff from organizations which serve towards improving medical care in developing countries.
The digital award ceremony will take place this fall.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines NTDs as a group of 20 diseases, most of which have infectious causes and – unlike malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS – receive little attention in terms of research and combatting the diseases. In developing countries, especially the poorest segment of the population is frequently stricken with NTDs. Worldwide, 1.4 billion people in 149 countries are affected: each year half a million people die directly or indirectly from NTDs.