The World Health Organization has been awarding the Sasakawa Health Prize every year with the aim of encouraging individuals or non-governmental organizations who have made a significant contribution to improving the health of people around the world. This award was established in 1984 at the initiative of Ryoichi Sasakawa, then president of the Japan Shipbuilders Association, in agreement with Halfan Mahler, then director general of the World Health Organization. According to the directives of the World Health Organization the winners are selected by the Sasakawa Health Prize Selection Committee chaired by the Director-General of the World Health Organization and voted by the Executive Board.
This year Nick Simons Institute received the Sasakawa award from the World Health Organization on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and Population. The award ceremony was held at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A prize of USD 20,000.00 in cash and a trophy was awarded.
This award has given additional encouragement and energy to the Nick Simons Institute, which has been running the program for the past 16 years to improve the quality of rural health services in Nepal so that people living in rural areas can get quality health services within their community. The NSI family would like to express its heartfelt thanks to all the parties involved on this happy occasion.