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 that no one should suffer from a preventable disease.

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.

Game-changing Innovator Award

Recognizes an individual who has developed and implemented a creative technology or practice in support of disease elimination. The awardee’s innovation will have addressed an unmet challenge in the field by bringing a new, impactful and practical idea to life.

Rising Champion Award

Celebrates an individual who is championing a cause related to disease elimination. The work of this individual will have created a tangible progress in eliminating one or multiple diseases.


  • 13 May 2019

    Nominations open

    The online portal opens for 2019 nominations.

  • 13 May – 4 August 2019

    Nomination period

    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.

Rt Hon. Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Former Administrator of UNDP
Professor Baron Peter Piot
Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Her Excellency Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo
Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
Rt. Hon. Professor Lord Kakkar PC
Professor of Surgery University College London and Director Thrombosis Research Institute London UK
Dr. Maha Barakat
Chair of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria
Dr. Chris Elias
President of Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Robyn Calder Harawi
Executive Director, The ELMA Philanthropies Services (U.S.) Inc.
Ray Chambers
Ambassador for Global Strategy, World Health Organization
Bobby Shriver
Activist, Attorney, Producer