The Dignity and Right to Health Award is an activity of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association Leadership in Christian Health and Development Initiative. The award provides an essential opportunity to recognise, support and publicise the most outstanding role models and champions acting to address health and development issues including the HIV global epidemic and Covid-19.

The Dignity and Right to Health Award is an international award acknowledging the importance of the contributions of Christian doctors, dentists, nurses and other health workers  to address health and development issues including HIV.

It is well positioned to continue as an important symbol for ensuring that voices from diverse communities and countries are acknowledged and championed. The Dignity and Right to Health Award aims to model, mobilise and encourage  creative and sustainable ways that enhance the dignity and human rights of people, all made in the image of God, and communities living with a range of health and development challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic.


Past winners

2023 Dr Johnny Oommen [Read more]
2022 Dr David Mills [Read more]
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Dr Editha Miguel, Agape Rural Health Programme (ARP), Palawan, Philippines [Read more]
2019 Dr Milton Amayun, International Care Ministries (ICM), Philippines [Read more]
 HealthServe, Singapore [Read more]
2017 Project Burans, Uttarakhand, North India [Read more]
2016 Dr Anil Cherian, Kerala, South India [Read more]
2015 Dr Andrew Reid, Champions For Life Zimbabwe  [Read more]
2014 Beacon of Hope, Kenya
2012 Joint winners Drs Isac & Vijila David and Dr Saira Paulose, India
2011 Dr Olive Frost, Mumbai, India
2010 Joint winners - Dr Joseph Kwong-Leung Yu and Dr Schneider, Malawi, Gambia & Uganda
2009 Dr Stephen Watiti, Uganda
2008 Dr Geoff Foster, Zimbabwe
2007 Prof Ruth Nduati
2006 Dr Biangtung Langkham, Churachandpur, Manipur, India



FILL OUT THIS FORM to nominate somone for this award.

Applications close 20th November.

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The award will be given to individuals and/or community based and national organizations for excellence, outstanding leadership and compassion in responding to various health challenges. The award will seek nominees who demonstrate the following:

Criteria 1. Leadership

Demonstrated visionary and innovative leadership.

Criteria 2. Target group – Marginalised / Hard to Reach Communities

Provision of health services for communities who have difficulties in  accessing care due to ethnicity, caste, behaviour, and or other reasons, or are hard to reach due to geographical difficulties, violence or conflicts.

Criteria 3. Program outcomes

  • Significant impact at local and wider level, 
  • Empowers others in integrated community responses, 
  • Facilitates church integration and participation in best practice models of care
  • Demonstrates excellence in full community involvement and empowerment of the target communities
  • Works, facilitates and advocates for gender equality in community participation and response to issues faced by the target communities
  • Links well with government and other actors in a comprehensive approach to issues faced by the target communities
  • Models creative and compassionate responses that inspire many to similarly enhance the dignity and human rights of the target communities

Criteria 4. Personal Life

Exemplifies a life that does justice, loves kindness and walks humbly with God 

Assists individuals to be worshipers of the Living God 

An important part of this award process is to seek appropriate publicity that will allow Christian witness and action to be an encouragement and model to others. 






Watch this video featuring winners and nominees of the Dignity and Right to Health Award.

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