Press Release

Physician, Two NGOs Win 2018 UN Population Award

29 March 2018

UNITED NATIONS, New York–Sir Prince Ramsey, a family physician from Antigua and Barbuda, was today announced as the individual winner of the 2018 United Nations Population Award. Non-governmental organizations Save a Child's Heart (Israel) and The Guttmacher Institute (United States) were announced as the institutional winners.

Established by the General Assembly in 1981, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in population and health. The Committee for the United Nations Population Award, which made the selections, is chaired by Ghana, and includes Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Benin, Gambia, Haiti, Iran, Israel, Paraguay and Poland.

Sir Prince Ramsey

Dr. Ramsey is credited with improving health care for thousands of people in disadvantaged communities of Antigua and Barbuda. His achievements include advocating for HIV/AIDS services and support in the 1980s. He is today still widely recognized throughout the Caribbean for his expertise and leadership in the medical and social response to the epidemic. He also pioneered prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and the treatment HIV among pregnant women in the region.

Save a Child’s Heart

Established in 1996, Save a Child's Heart is a world leader in providing life-saving cardiac surgery for children from developing countries. It has so far served 4,400 children from 55 countries.

The Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization that advances sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.


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