The IV DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards acknowledges Cirugía en Turkan, Dr. Adriana Kaplan, Serortram and the Fundación Recover

These awards pay tribute to those healthcare companies and professionals showing solidarity, and are worth 10,000 euros in each of the four categories

Cirugía en Turkana, Dr. Adriana Kaplan, Serortram, and the Fundación Recover, received the awards during a the IV DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards ceremony which took place on Thursday 25 May in the landmark Pignatelli building in Zaragoza. Around 200 people attended the event, with representatives from institutions, the healthcare sector, and the third sector attending, including His Excellency Dr. Sebastián Celaya, Health Adviser to the Government of Aragon, Dr. Concepción Pilar Ferrer, Chair of Zaragoza's Professional Association of Doctors, as well as Mr. Antonio Jiménez, Technical Secretary-General of the Department of Citizenship and Social Rights.

According to Dr. Josep Santacreu, Managing Director of DKV Seguros: “Being able to pay tribute to the people and companies who have developed social or environmentally responsible initiatives in the field of medicine, health and wellbeing fills us with pride". He added, "this year is special for us because we have come back to Zaragoza, the place where we started the awards and city that is home to our headquarters".

The DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards pay tribute to people and public limited companies in the healthcare sector who, as well as carrying out their professional work, also support or encourage solidarity projects - thus helping to change our society.

Cirugía en Turkana won the DKV Doctor Award category, in recognition of the great work of healthcare volunteers, awarding the work carried out by a group of medical professionals giving assistance to people in the Turkana region in Kenya. The team has travelled out to the African country on 14 occasions since 2004 to offer assistance with general surgery - they have carried out more than 1,750 operations.

Dr. Adriana Kaplan was awarded the DKV Career Award, in recognition of the longstanding dedication of professionals or groups of professionals, especially those involved in social projects related to medicine and healthcare. Dr. Kaplan, who is actually in Africa at the moment, received the award in honour of her more than 30 years in the field of research in medical anthropology and her fight to eradicate female genital mutilation in the countries practising it.

Thanks to the work of its two driving forces - Dr. David Calvo and Dr. Alejandro Muset - Serortram was the worthy winner of the DKV Professional Award, which supports performance excellence from health professionals and DVK Seguros hospitals. For the last four years both doctors have travelled to Angola to provide free treatment and a new chance of life to children and babies with complete or partial obstetric brachial plexus palsy, as well as providing palliative treatments for children with cerebral palsy in deprived communities.

The Innovation in Digital Health Award was given to Fundación Recover. This is a new category in the Medicine and Solidarity Awards giving recognition to projects supporting innovation in e-health from a solidary perspective. The “Programa de telemedicina Salud 2.0: África-España profesionales conectados” de la Fundación Recover conecta a profesionales sanitarios africanos con voluntarios sanitarios españoles que les apoyan en la determinación del diagnóstico y tratamiento de sus pacientes.

The jury also gave a special mention to the project presented by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGLOBAL) for the excellent work Dr. Oriol Mitjà is carrying out from a research platform on the island of Lihir (Papu New Guinea) to identify the best distribution strategy for azithromycinicin, after discovering in 2012 that the antibiotic was a quick, painless, and affordable treatment for yaws.

The IV DKV Medicine and Solidarity Awards are worth 10,000 euros each for each of the four categories. The awards aim to recognise great initiatives, and also allocate the economic and media support necessary to allow them to continue their work and become a tool for transforming healthcare. The jury for the awards is made up of twelve professionals from different fields, all of whom are directly linked to health and social responsibility.

The trophy that all award winners received is one of Catalan artist Jordi Pallarés' works. The painter generously donated one of his works to create the trophy: the painting Mozart, 2005, inspired by laboratory blood samples and microscope slides, to symbolise medicine and scientific research. Pallarés has exhibited his works with the DKV Integralia Foundation on several occasions.

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