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IAS Presidential Award



The IAS Presidential Award aims to recognize the achievements of an individual who demonstrates a long history of leadership and excellence as pioneers or advocates at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS. The award highlights an individual’s contribution that results in increased knowledge, skills, creative solutions or evidence-based policies and programmes to enhance the global response to HIV.

The IAS Presidential Award is recognition award with no monetary value. The prize consists of a statue and a certificate setting forth the reasons for the award.

To be eligible for the award, the individual must meet the following criteria:
  • The individual must be nominated by two or more members of the IAS Governing Council from at least two regions
  • The nominee demonstrates a long history of leadership and excellence as a pioneer at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS
  • The nominee demonstrates contributions to fostering of dialogue and debate that results in increased knowledge, skills and creative solutions in the response to AIDS
  • The nominee demonstrates throughout their career that they act as a strong advocate for implementation of effective, evidence-based policies and programmes which enhance the global response to AIDS


Previous Award Winners


2012 IAS Presidential Award 

Dr Michel Kazatchkine, France, for his impact on the epidemic and his contribution to expand access to antiretroviral treatment.


2010 IAS Presidential Award 

Dr Jack Whitescarver, USA, for his outstanding commitment to the global fight against HIV and his pioneering work in the field.

 

Testimonial

This award means a lot to me and a number of you would understand that it is particularly meaningful to me this year: 2012. It is also particularly significant to me that this award is actually given to me by two wonderful friends and colleagues for whom I have the highest professional and personal respect: Elly [Katabira] and Françoise [Barré-Sinoussi]. But please make no mistake, there isn’t such a thing as a single achievement that one can do by himself or herself. It is all about teamwork and collective efforts. AIDS has taught us this.

M. Kazatchkine,
2012 Prize Winner
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