The biennial Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment in the field of disease elimination. 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, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, that no one should suffer from preventable diseases and that the ability of people to live a healthy life is a key driver of development, which leads to stable, prosperous societies.


“There are many people around the world who are driven to help others by pure conscience. These people deserve our respect, appreciation and honor.”


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi 

  • Unsung Hero Award

    Honors and celebrates an extraordinary individual who has played a transformative, frontline role in the field of disease elimination and has been under-recognized for his/her efforts until this point.

    Unsung Hero Award
  • Game-changing Innovator Award

    Recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented a creative technology or practice in support of disease elimination.

    Game-changing Innovator Award
  • Rising Champion Award

    Celebrates an individual who is championing a cause related to disease elimination.

    Rising Champion Award


13 May 2019
Nominations open
The online portal opens for 2019 nominations.
13 May – 4 August 2019
Professionals active in the field of disease elimination will submit nominees for each award category via the online portal.
August – September 2019
Selection process
A technical committee selects a list of finalists for consideration by jury members.
September 2019
A cross-sector jury composed of esteemed global health leaders will meet to determine winners.
November 2019
Awards will be presented at the RLM Forum in Abu Dhabi.

Our Panel of Judges

Our jury is composed of esteemed global health leaders from the private sector, multilateral organisations, foundations, medicine, technical fields, and governments.

Professor Baron Peter Piot
Professor Baron Peter Piot

Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Louise Mushikiwabo
Her Excellency Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo

Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Rt. Hon. Professor Lord Kakkar PC
Rt. Hon. Professor Lord Kakkar PC

Professor of Surgery University College London and Director Thrombosis Research Institute London UK

Dr. Chris Elias
Dr. Chris Elias

President of Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Maha Barakat

Executive Chair Elect of the RBM Partnership

Robyn Calder Harawi

Executive Director, The ELMA Philanthropies

Ray Chambers

Ambassador for Global Strategy, World Health Organization