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AFRO-NETS> Jonathan Mann Award Nominations
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Jonathan Mann Award Nominations
- From: Global Health Council <AIDS@globalhealthcouncil.org>
- Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 13:14:56 -0500 (EST)
Jonathan Mann Award Nominations
The link between HIV and Human Rights is essential in dealing with the
AIDS epidemic. In response, we are forwarding the following information
to you on behalf of the Jonathan Mann Award organisers. Although there
is only one recipient for this award, you all deserve credit and con-
gratulations for your on-going energy, innovation and commitment in
your work with HIV/AIDS.
Global Health Council's Global AIDS Program
We want your help. Specifically, we would like you to nominate an indi-
vidual or organisation to be the first recipient of the Jonathan Mann
Award for Global Health and Human Rights.
As you know, Jonathan Mann and his wife Mary Lou Clements-Mann were
tragically killed a few months ago. Their untimely death, in the crash
of Swissair flight 111 in September 1998, takes from us a crusader
against AIDS and a champion for human rights.
As an epidemiologist in Africa, Jonathan was able to see clearly the
connection between poverty and illness. He played a major role in fo-
cusing public attention to the fact that prejudice and discrimination
were helping to drive and spread the AIDS epidemic. He realised early
on that fuelling the epidemic was not simply the virus itself, but dis-
crimination against those at risk of infection and restrictions on free
expression concerning the scope, transmission, and prevention of the
virus. While he occupied lofty positions as the founder and head of the
World Health Organisation's fight against AIDS and Harvard's Francois-
Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, history will espe-
cially remember Jonathan for bringing to the world's attention the ba-
sic notion that improved health cannot be achieved without basic human
rights, and that these rights are meaningless without adequate health.
The Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights has been es-
tablished to honour this remarkable individual and to help to call con-
tinued attention to the vital links between health and human rights.
Four leading international health and human rights organisations have
come together as partners to support the Jonathan Mann Award. They are
the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, Doctors of the World, the
Global Health Council and Human Rights Watch. Former President Jimmy
Carter will present the Award on June 22, 1999 at a special luncheon at
the Global Health Council's Annual Conference.
The Award will be presented annually to a leader in health and human
rights, be it an individual or organisation. The Award is intended to
be a substantial cash prize to allow its recipients a measure of free-
dom to pursue their work in this important area.
A blue ribbon committee of individuals who have championed interna-
tional health and human rights will undertake the final selection of
the Award recipient. The committee includes Dr. Peter Piot of UNAIDS,
Dr. Helene Gayle of CDC, Dr. Barry Bloom of Harvard University, Dr. An-
thony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Senator Patrick
Leahy, Jonathan's daughter, Naomi Mann, representatives from the four
partnering organisations supporting the Award, and others to be named
We are seeking nominations of individuals or organisations that have
demonstrated leadership, courage, commitment, and creativity in promot-
ing and enhancing the links between human rights and health. This year
priority will go to nominees working in the field, at the grassroots
We are experimenting this year with using the e-mail to facilitate
nominations. This in an effort to encourage broad participation in the
nominations process and to move quickly since we have less than five
months before presentation of the Award. If deadlines are to be met, we
must have your nomination in-hand no later then Thursday, April 1,
Should you have questions or require additional information please feel
free to contact:
Tel: +1-202-833-5900, ext. 220
Jonathan Mann blazed a path for all of us concerned with health and hu-
man rights. We benefit from his work in the fight against AIDS and
championing the rights of those marginalised by their societies. I en-
courage you to not simply "delete" this message, but rather take a few
minutes now and make a nomination for this Award that remembers Jona-
than and his ground breaking work.
Albina du Boisrouvray
The Global Health Council (formerly NCIH)
Global AIDS Program
1701 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006, USA
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