Winners of First-Ever Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health Honored Nusa Dua, Indonesia (25 January 2016) – His Excellency Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and thousands of government, health and development leaders from around the world gathered today in Indonesia for the opening of the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP).
Co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia (BKKBN), the conference is centered on the theme of “Global Commitments, Local Actions.” At the opening ceremony, Jokowi; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNFPA; Dr. Christopher Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and numerous global leaders came together to discuss the global status of family planning and call for urgent action to increase access to family planning services worldwide. During the ceremony, Jokowi and Elias also presented the first-ever Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health. The awards recognize individuals for their tremendous contributions and commitment to advancing maternal and child health and well-being, especially family planning, in communities around the world. As part of the presentation of the Global Humanitarian Awards, Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director for Health at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), also announced a new $30 million initiative called Adolescents 360, co-funded with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.