DKV Seguros is accepting applications for the 2nd Edition of the DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards

The awards recognize more than one year to entities and individuals who have demonstrated their solidarity capacity in the field of health

Following the success of the first two editions, which received 600 applications, today DKV Seguros is inviting applications for the 3rd Medicine and Solidarity Awards. These awards recognise organisations and people related to the health care sector that are working to support or promote charity projects, thereby helping to change the world beyond their strictly professional work.

From today until 15 April 2016, candidates may present their projects to participate in this third edition, for which the decision will be taken in Barcelona.

Applications may be received starting today, 4 November, through the microsite, where candidates may fill in the entry form until 15 April 2016. Subsequently, a jury of experts will evaluate the applications based on their social impact, economic resources allocated, the project's viability and ability to generate innovative value.

The awards have three categories for nomination; all projects, where in progress or finalised, whose may focus is scientific/medical research, awareness raising, international cooperation, treatments or therapies for groups at risk of exclusion, or improving the welfare and quality of life, among others, may be nominated.

  • Lifetime achievement award for a personal and career path linked to the health care sector, wellness and solidarity. The winning project will be awarded 10,000 euros. In the previous edition, this award went to the NGO Bombay Smiles, created by Jaume Llorente.
  • DKV professional award for excellent performance in social and environmental areas. The winning project will be awarded 10,000 euros. Dr Elvira Ferrer was the winner in this category for her special attention, within a multidisciplinary team of DKV professionals, to the INGADA Foundation, dedicated to the battle against and research on ADHD and related disorders.
  • Medicine and Solidarity Award for a health care project with a strong social impact. The winning project will be awarded 10,000 euros. The Surgeons in Action Foundation project received the award in the second edition in recognition of a project in which medical professionals are involved in improving the quality of life for others based purely on solidarity.

In addition, outside the awards open to nominations, the City of Barcelona Award, designed to give special recognition to a local organisation in the city where the awards ceremony will be held, will also be presented. The economic component of the City Award of in this case, Barcelona, ​​will be the result of a public fundraising campaign to be launched on the occasion of the prize, and DKV will match the amount up to a maximum of 5,000 euros.

Dr Ana López Trenco, Director of the Aragonese Association for Mental Health (ASAPME); and Dr María Teresa Benítez Robredo, a paediatrics specialist and currently Head of the Technical Training and Research Unit of the City of Madrid; were the winners of the previous editions. They received a total of 10,000 euros: 5,000 from the campaign donations and 5,000 from DKF Seguros.

The awards jury comprises 15 peoples, including prestigious representatives of the healthcare sector and academia, renowned communicators and journalists in the field of health, representatives of civil society and the third sector with significant social and professional contributions, as well as representatives of DKV Seguros and its DKV Integralia Foundation.

The 15 elected members of the jury this year are: Dr Jaume Padrós, President of the Medical Association of Barcelona; class="MsoNormal">Francisco José Fernández, Director of"Diario Médico" and "Correo Farmacéutico"; Dr Josep Santacreu, CEO DKV Seguros; Virginia Donado, President of Inidress; Dr Xavier Massaguer, Director General Hospital Nens; Rosa María Estrany, President of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FEM); Manuel Vilches, CEO of IDIS; Sergio Alonso, Editor-in-Chief of Economics and Health for "La Razón"; Miguel Ángel Martín, Director and founder of Sanifax; Dr. Joan Nadal, Manager of the Institut Català de Retina (ICR), Montserrat Tarrés, President of ACOIF (Association of Communication Professionals of the Pharmaceutical Industry); Dr Francisco J. Juan, Director General of Health at DKV Seguros; Jaume Sanllorente, founder of the NGO Bombay Smiles and award-winner in the second edition of the DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards; Jordi Goula, Economics Editor at La Vanguardia; and Miguel García, Director of Communication and Corporate Responsibility at DKV Seguros.

With these awards, DKV not only recognises major initiatives, but also affords them the economic and media support required for them to continue their labour and contribute to the transformation of society and, in particular, the healthcare sector.

DKV CEO Josep Santacreu explains: "The previous two editions gave us the opportunity to get to know really wonderful projects. This year, we hope to find relevant and interesting projects that will allow us to continue to believe in the power of solidarity, and of course, contribute to its spread and growth."