INDEPTH congratulates icddr,b, one of our own, the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize awardee

12 Oct 2017

The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize was today 11 October 2017 awarded to icddr,b, a founding member centre of the INDEPTH Network. The prize is with $2 million in prize money in recognition of icddr,b’s innovative approach to solving global health issues impacting the world’s most impoverished communities.

At $2 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to nonprofit organizations judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering. Click to read more about Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 

icddr,b is committed to solving key public health problems facing the world’s most vulnerable through innovative scientific research since 1960.
One of the key strategies employed by icddr,b is the health and demographic surveillance system to follow people over a long period of time. Our member centre runs the following three HDSS field sites of covering a total of 340,000 people; each of the sites participating actively in Network activities:
On behalf of the INDEPTH Board and the entire Network, the Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network, Prof Osman Sankoh, would like to congratulate Prof John Clemens and his entire icddr,b team on this exceptional international recognition for their work.
Prof. John Clemens, Executive Director of icddr,b
INDEPTH wishes icddr,b tremendous success in its fundraising strides, which has become very tough globally. In an interview recently by The Huffington Post, Prof Clemens lamented over the decreasing core support for their work with the Centre now depending on 70% from project support.
He said, “We depend just about entirely on grant monies and what we call core funding. About 70% of our budget comes in the form of project grants... Core funding comes in the form of longer term grants from the governments of Canada, Sweden, the UK and Bangladesh. Their money is described as “core” because it is not restricted to specific projects; it is flexible funding that we need to support our infrastructure to do research – our labs and field sites – and to support our humanitarian mission. Unfortunately, in today’s funding environment, we are facing a shift away from this sort of flexible funding. Governments that used to support us in this way are increasingly earmarking their support, which means that the money can only be used for specific purposes that are determined in advance. Also, the time-span of the funding is restricted to two-to-three years, instead of the five-year cycles of unrestricted funding we used to receive.”  Please read the entire interview by clicking on this link --> Interview with the Executive Director