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      Dr. Clemens accepts 2017 Conrad N.Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Dr. John Clemens accepts 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize on behalf of icddr,b

FSPH Professor of Epidemiology and the Executive Director of the Bangladesh-based public health research institution accepts prestigious $2M prize for its work to find innovative solutions to major health challenges.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dr. John Clemens, accepted the prestigious 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize on behalf of icddr,b, a Bangladesh-based public health research institution that finds innovative solutions to major health challenges, Dr. Clemens is a professor in the FSPH Department of Epidemiology and Executive Director of icddr,b.

Nearly 300 individuals attended the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. which featured Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, former speechwrieter and counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Clarence B. Jones, UN HIgh-Level Commissioner and SDG Global Advocate, Dr. Alaa Murabit, among others.

Hilton Foundation President and CEO Peter Laugharn lauded icddr,b for its incredible track record. “For more than 50 years, icddr,b has been at the forefront of low-cost, innovative health solutions that have resulted in saving tens of millions of lives globally. icddr,b has had a profound impact on health crises and solutions worldwide, and has shown that innovation and breakthroughs can come from all parts of the globe.”

In accepting the $2 million prize, Dr. Clemens declared, "This will help support our current research efforts to move forward our in-house pipeline of new, low cost products and interventions addressing a wide range of public health problems in developing countries, including severe acute malnutrition and pneumonia in children, tuberculosis and life-threatening maternal haemorrhage during childbirth,”

icddr,b began in an attempt to discover and develop realistic, scalable interventions for cholera and other diarrheal diseases, and has since grown into the world’s largest diarrheal hospital treating more than 200,000 patients a year, almost all of whom recover within 36 hours. Its development of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), which treats the symptoms of diarrheal disease connected to cholera, has saved tens of millions of lives.

This is the largest annual humanitarian award in the world given by the USA-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people.


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