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UCLA professor accepts 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize


Dr. John Clemens, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, accepted the prestigious the $2 million 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize on behalf of icddr,b, a Bangladesh-based public health research institution that finds innovative solutions to major health challenges, for which Clemens is executive director.

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 people a year, almost all of whom recover within 36 hours. Its development of Oral Rehydration Solution, which treats the symptoms of diarrheal disease connected to cholera, has saved tens of millions of lives.

Peter Laugharn, Hilton Foundation president and CEO, lauded the organization for its 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.”

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 Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

For more information about the ceremony, click here.

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