Reaching The Last Mile is seeking nominations for the Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards that recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment in the fields of disease elimination.
This year’s edition will also spotlight health workers who played a key role in the COVID-19 response and showcased exceptional dedication and courage while keeping the world safe.
From boots-on-the-ground innovators to local community health workers, the REACH Awards aim to celebrate critical contributions from those on the front lines of disease elimination. The awards underscore the belief of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, President of the UAE, that no one should suffer from a preventable disease.
Candidates may be nominated for one of the following award categories:
- The Frontline Exemplar Award celebrates an exceptional individual who played a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating remarkable courage and dedication to keep others safe.
- The Unsung Hero Award aims to honor and celebrate an extraordinary individual who has played a transformative, frontline role in the field of disease elimination, and has been under-recognized for his or her efforts until this point.
- The Game Changing Innovator Award recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented a creative technology or practice in support of disease elimination that has benefitted low-income communities. Innovators may have developed a new technology or product or implemented a new delivery method or process. The solutions must be in mid- to late-stage development in order to show some evidence of impact.
- The Rising Champion Award celebrates an individual who is championing a cause related to disease elimination. Nominees should be focused on influencing health policy within their respective country through advocacy activities. Examples of activities include: traditional media (news) and social media campaigns, grassroots organizing, outreach to policymakers, organizing events or fundraising.
- The Lifetime Achievement Award aims to honor an individual who has dedicated his or her career to disease elimination. This respected individual will be selected directly by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is not open for external nomination. The award winner must demonstrate outstanding leadership in the field of disease elimination, resulting in measurable results and long-term impact for affected communities, and have inspired others to take action.
- The nomination process is open to the public as long as the nominator has direct knowledge of the nominated individual’s work and contributions in the field of disease elimination and/or COVID-19 response.
- Nominators should not belong to the same institution as the nominee but are expected to have a professional, academic or administrative relationship with the nominee.
- Candidates must be nominated by a third-party nominator; candidates who nominate themselves, a colleague or a supervisor will not be considered.
Nominees should meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Nominees must be individuals and will be accepted from organizations in any part of the world, including non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions.
- Nominees may be any age, but preference will be given to young leaders (under age 35) for the Rising Champion Award.
- During the application process, nominators, nominees and evaluators will be required to confirm that they have read and understand the 2022 REACH awards statutes, and acknowledge that any information submitted will be subject to and handled in accordance with such provisions.
- Each nominee may only be considered for one (1) award category.
- No person can nominate herself/himself for the REACH Awards
- Nominees must be working in the field of human disease elimination and/or in the COVID-19 response in low or middle income settings but may come from any sector (civil society, academia, private sector, medicine, etc.) This may include efforts to eliminate transmission or eliminate a disease as a public health threat.
- Elimination of transmission entails reduction to zero of the incidence of infection caused by a specific pathogen in a defined geographical area, with minimal risk of reintroduction, as a result of deliberate efforts; continued actions to prevent re-establishment of transmission may be required.
- Elimination as a public health problem encompasses both infection and disease. It is defined by achievement of measurable global targets set by WHO in relation to a specific disease. When reached, continued actions are required to maintain the targets and/or to advance the interruption of transmission.
- COVID-19 response may include all preventive, diagnostic and treatment activities implemented by healthcare workers.
- Eligible disease areas may include but are not limited to: poliomyelitis, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malaria, Tuberculosis and pandemics (e.g. Ebola, SARS, Zika).
- Nominees must be able to travel to the UAE for the Reaching the Last Mile global health forum.
- The Crown Prince Court’s decision on applicant eligibility is final.
- Application materials should directly connect the nominee’s work with the purpose and criteria of the relevant award category.
- Application materials should be written in clear English or French language with little jargon, suitable for a general audience familiar with broad global health concepts.
For more information, visit https://www.reachingthelastmile.com/reach-awards/about/