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Dr. Jim Curran, Dr. Helene Gayle and Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation to be Honored at the 2022 Bill Foege Global Health Awards

The sixth annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards will be presented by MAP International on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the Delta Flight Museum. The award, named to pay tribute to Dr. Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health. This year’s awards recognize Dr. Jim Curran, Dr. Helene Gayle and Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation for their humanitarian achievements in combating diseases and health equality worldwide. 

Dr. James “Jim” Curran joined the Rollins School of Public Health as Dean and Professor of Epidemiology in 1995 following twenty-five years of leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and holds faculty appointments in the Emory School of Medicine and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In 1981, Jim Curran was tapped to lead a CDC task force charged with determining what was behind the first cases of what we now know as AIDS. A pioneer in HIV/AIDS prevention, Dr. Curran led the nation’s efforts in the battle against HIV/AIDS for 15 years before joining Emory as Dean. While at the CDC, he attained the rank of the assistant surgeon general. In 2015 Curran was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is immediate past chair of the board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. 

Dr. Helene Gayle, the recently appointed President of Spelman College, was president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, beginning in 2017. Under her leadership, the Trust adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region. For nearly a decade, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. A public health physician with expertise in economic development, humanitarian, and health issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation is driven by their mission to save lives by securing a living donor kidney transplant for every patient who needs one. The organization provides transplant center personnel with the education necessary to use their Nobel-prize winning algorithm, developed by Dr. Alvin Roth, to match one incompatible pair with another, getting pairs matched faster with better results. 

Additionally, the Metro Atlanta Chamber will present its Heroes of Global Health Award. The  Chamber recognizes that the world leaders in global health reside in our metro Atlanta region.

“This year’s event is more important than ever because of the ongoing impact of the global COVID pandemic coupled with the conflict in Europe. In addition to their work around the world, the team at MAP International has been supplying desperately needed medicine to war-ravaged Ukraine.  Thus, we are humbled to have the opportunity to say thank you and pay tribute to each of our honorees,” said MAP International President and CEO Steve Stirling. “They represent the most important force in the fight for global health equality and deserve our unconditional support and gratitude.”  

Former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter are serving as the honorary co-chairs of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards. Louise Blais, Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, and Michael Passilla, CEO of Posillipo Ventures, serve as Co-Chairs. Google is the Presenting Sponsor. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit https://www.map.org/foege.

About MAP International: MAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background. The organization has responded to natural disasters worldwide for over 67 years with vital medicines and relief supplies. Since 1954, the organization has provided billions of dollars in medicines and medical supplies. For more information, visit https://www.map.org

About Dr. Bill Foege: Dr. William Foege, M.D., is a folk hero in the global health industry known for his work eradicating smallpox. He was the head of the CDC and also founded the Task Force for Global Health, the second largest health-related charity in the world. The list of organizations he has led represents the ‘A’ list of global health innovators. Besides receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Foege has received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind and the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, in addition to numerous other awards.


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