The Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) is awarding this year’s Else Kröner Fresenius Preis für Medizinische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit [Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine] to the PHASE Austria association. The EKFS is awarding the prize in recognition of the association’s programme for improving mother-child health care in West Nepal. The prize, which is endowed with a sum of €100,000, was presented in Berlin at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the presence of former Federal President Horst Köhler and the Chairman of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen [Association of German Foundations], Michael Göring.
Awardee: Brita Pohl, PHASE Austria association –
Practical Help Achieving Self Empowerment,
Praktische Unterstützung für nachhaltige Entwicklung,
Project: Programme for the improvement of mother-child health care
in Mugu, West Nepal
Opening address: Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler, former Federal President
Laudation: Prof. Dr. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Association of German Foundations
The Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations in 2000 defined mother-child health as one of the key focus areas of international development work. Despite considerable efforts at an international level, however, the actual improvements achieved were inadequate, and this area received renewed emphasis in the new UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2015. In order to acknowledge and further support the commitment in this critical area, the Else Kröner Fresenius Preis für Medizinische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit is to be awarded this year for projects in the field of mother-child health.