Princess of Asturias of Cooperation for the Kenyan Medical Society Amref Health
Women and children wait for a medical examination at a center in Ndiaganiao, Senegal in 2013. Amref was founded in 1957 in Nairobi by doctors Michael Wood (United Kingdom), Tom Rees (USA) and Archivald McIndoe (New Zealand) )
The jury Amref Health Africa, founded in Kenya in 1957, won the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation on Wednesday for medical treatment of ambulance planes to the most remote areas of eastern Africa, the jury said.
The jury “decides to award the Princess of Asturias International Cooperation Award 2018 to Amref Health Africa (…) for the sustained effort to respond to the needs of millions of people in the African continent,” he said in his delivery document.
Amref was founded in 1957 in Nairobi by doctors Michael Wood (United Kingdom), Tom Rees (United States) and Archivald McIndoe (New Zealand) “with the aim of providing quality surgical care to the most remote and underserved populations in eastern Africa “, explains the Princess of Asturias Foundation in a press release.
At that time, according to the oenegé recalls on its website, in East Africa there was only one doctor for every 30,000 inhabitants, very little medical infrastructure and very complicated terrestrial communications, so the three founders devised a service of light aircraft-ambulances , known as the “flying doctors”.
“Through this initiative it has been possible to reach the most vulnerable and remote populations that would not have regular access to health services,” the jury underlined in the delivery record.
Since its creation, Amref (the acronym in English of the African Foundation for Medicine and Research) has served 110 million people, especially women and children.
The prize will consist of a sculpture by Joan Miró, a donation of 50,000 euros (about 60,000 dollars), a diploma and a badge. It will be delivered by the kings of Spain, Felipe and Letizia, in an act in October in Oviedo (north).
This year 26 candidates from 17 different countries attended the Cooperation award.
In 2017, it went to the Hispanic Society of America, a private New York organization that promotes Hispanic culture and values in the United States.
The Cooperation is the third of eight awards Princess of Asturias, considered the Nobel in the Ibero-American world, which annually distinguish people or relevant institutions in areas ranging from scientific research to sports, through letters and harmony.