The Foundation was established in 1980 on the
initiative of and with funds provided by its founder Professor Ihsan Doğramacı,
a paediatrician and child health specialist, who signed the Constitution of WHO
for Turkey at the International Health Conference held in New York in 1946. Its
purpose is to promote and raise the standard of family health by acknowledging
individuals who have given distinguished service in the field of family health.
The Foundation awards a prize every two years,
consisting of a gold-plated silver medal, a certificate and a honorarium to a
person or persons, globally recognized for his/her/their service in the field
of family health. The prize is presented at a special ceremony during the World
Health Assembly. The amount of the honorarium shall be determined each year by
the Foundation Selection Panel in consultation with WHO and in accordance with
the accumulated interest on the Foundations capital.
the proposal and selection of candidates
Any national health administration, the Executive
Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Bureau of the
International Children's Centre (Ankara), as well as any former recipient of
the prize, may propose candidates for the prize to the Foundation Selection
The Executive Board of WHO designates the recipients
of the prize on the proposal of the Foundation Selection Panel.
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