(c) Shumon Ahmed/icddr,b
A Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization is the 2017 recipient of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, which is accompanied by $2 million in unrestricted funding. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation said it’s honoring icddr,b for "its innovative approach to solving global health issues impacting the world’s most impoverished communities."
Icddr,b, a longtime Fogarty collaborator and grant recipient, has served for decades as a global hub for cutting edge studies of enteric diseases. Its research portfolio includes evaluations of new vaccines and treatments for enteric and respiratory infections, novel interventions for preventing and treating malnutrition, and innovative approaches for detecting and containing emerging infectious diseases, among others.
The institution was established to discover treatment solutions for cholera and other diarrheal diseases, and has since grown into the world’s largest diarrheal hospital treating more than 200,000 patients a year, almost all of whom recover within 36 hours. Notably, its development of Oral Rehydration Solution, an inexpensive treatment for the symptoms of diarrheal disease connected to cholera, has saved tens of millions of lives.