DKV kicks off the 5th call for the DKV Medicine and Solidarity awards today with the opening of the candidate submission period. These awards recognise the entities and people in the health and social care sector who support or promote solidarity projects beyond their strictly professional work and provide them with the necessary economic and media support to move forward and become an asset in the transformation of healthcare.
Starting today until 11 March, candidates will be able to present their projects via the microsite http://www.dkvseguros.com/PremiosDKVmedicinaysolidaridad where they can fill out the submission form. A jury of experts will evaluate the applications based on their social impact, the economic resources allocated, the project's viability and its ability to create value through innovation. The jury will make its decision during a ceremony held in Madrid at the end of May.
The 5th DKV Medicine and Solidarity awards feature a financial award of 10,000 euros for each one of the four categories:
• Medical Solidarity Award, for a major voluntary healthcare project or initiative. In the previous edition, this award was given to Surgery in Turkana for its work assisting the people of the Turkana region in Kenya. Since 2004, the team has traveled to Kenya on 14 occasions to aid in general surgery, performing more than 1,750 operations.
• Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a person in recognition of their career development in the field of medicine, well-being and solidarity. Dr. Adriana Kaplan received the award last year for her more than 30 years of research in the medical anthropology field and her fight to eradicate female genital mutilation in the countries where it's practiced.
• DKV Professional Award, given to the DKV Seguros healthcare professional or hospital for excellent performance. In the previous edition, the award fell to Serortram thanks to the work of its two promoters, Dr. David Calvo and Dr. Alejandro Muset, who traveled to Angola five times a year for four years to provide free treatment and a new chance at life for children and babies with total or partial obstetric brachial plexus paralysis, as well as palliative treatments for children affected by cerebral palsy in communities with limited resources.
• Award for Innovation in Digital Health, recognises projects that invest in innovation in E-Health with a clear and reputable humanitarian reach. This award, given for the first time last year, was won by the Recover Foundation for its “Telemedicine Health Programme 2.0: Africa-Spain connected professionals", which connects African healthcare professionals with Spanish healthcare volunteers who support them in diagnosing and treating patients.
The jury for these awards is made up of professionals from different fields, all of whom are affiliated with healthcare and social responsibility, as well as representatives from DKV and the DKV Integralia Foundation. Among them are: Dr. Miguel Ángel Sánchez Chillón, President of the Madrid College of Physicians; Dr. Josep Santacreu, CEO of DKV Seguros; Dr. Manuel Vilches, Managing Director of IDIS (Institute for the Development and Integration of Health); Carmen Fernández, Director of Diario Médico and Correo Farmacéutico; Dr. Rafael Casas Esteve, Psychiatrist and Study Director on the current situation of Childhood Obesity in Spain; Dr. José Luis Baquero, Vice-president of the Spanish Patients' Forum; Dr. Bartolomé Beltrán, Director of Prevention and Medical Services for ATRESMEDIA Group; Miguel Angel Máñez, economist, health adviser and blogger; María Jesús de la Fuente, Director of the Recover Foundation, winners of last year's award for innovation in Digital Health; Ana Sainz, Managing Director of the SERES Foundation; Coral Larrosa, journalist at Telecinco News and Vice-president of ANIS, National Association of Healthcare Insiders; Dr. Francisco J. Juan, Managing Director of DKV Health; and Miguel García, Director of Communications and Responsible Business for DKV.