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, President of the UAE, 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

President of the UAE

Meet the Winners

Unsung Hero Award: Rahane Lawal

Rahane Lawal is a polio worker in Nigeria who has shown exceptional bravery and dedication in keeping her community safe from polio, leading efforts to eradicate the disease despite being kidnapped and witnessing her captors murder her family member.

Game-changing Innovator Award: Dr. Richard Kojan

Dr. Richard Kojan is a Congolese physician who created a portable bio-secure emergency care unit called the CUBE to allow for close monitoring of Ebola patients by medical staff in remote, low-resource areas. Kojan has dedicated his career to caring for the most vulnerable populations and currently serves as President of The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA).

Rising Champion Award: Olivia Ngou

Olivia Ngou is a skilled and passionate advocate for ending malaria in her home country of Cameroon and worldwide. Her advocacy efforts include engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from students to Parliamentarians, to help them understand the importance of their role in ending malaria and galvanizing them to take action.

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