Celebrating TB heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic
29 July 2021, Geneva, Switzerland -The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a catastrophic impact worldwide on the most vulnerable communities affected by TB, posing unprecedented challenges to national TB responses and setting critical progress back by up to 12 years.
Despite these obstacles, health care workers - including community health care workers, volunteers, doctors and nurses, pharmacists, epidemiologists, researchers and innovators - have persevered in their efforts to find, diagnose, treat, and care for people affected by TB.
This year, the Kochon Prize will acknowledge the efforts of those remarkable people and/or organizations who, against all odds, worked to ensure the continuity and improvement of TB services providing life-saving diagnosis, treatment, care, and support to those who need it most.
Who can be nominated?
Individuals, networks, organizations, and national TB programs who have identified, mitigated, and overcome the barriers posed by COVID-19 to ensure the provision of TB diagnosis, treatment, care, and support services, demonstrating determination, innovation, and a shared sense of humanity.
Nominees may include:
Health care professionals in the public and private sector;
Community health workers;
TB-affected community organizations;
Civil society organizations;
People affected by TB;
Human rights activists;
Members of National TB Programs.
The call for nominations opened on 15 June 2021, at 6:00 PM Geneva time. Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 10 August 2021 at 6:00 PM Geneva time.
Full details regarding the nomination process, including the selection committee, the selection criteria, and requirements, can be found here.
Nominations should include:
Completed nomination form; and
Letter of support from the nominator.
The extent of effort, creativity, or innovation used to overcome adversity;
The extent to which the results contributed to maintaining TB services during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
The extent to which the prize money can contribute to the fight against TB.
Details of the award ceremony for the 2021 Kochon Prize will be announced at a later date.
The Kochon Foundation
Funded by the Kochon Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in the Republic of Korea, the USD 65,000 prize is the largest prize devoted to TB. The Kochon Prize was established in 2006 in honor of the late Chairman Chong-Kun Lee, founder of the Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corporation and Kochon Foundation in Korea, who was committed throughout his career to improving access to low-cost lifesaving antibiotics and anti-TB drugs. More information on the Kochon Prize can be found here.