About the Award
The Partners in Development Award recognises foundations, corporations, non-governmental organisations or other groups that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and investment in nursing and health care capacity building.
The 2015 recipient of the ICN Partners in Development Award is Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven pharmaceutical corporation that has worked with ICN since 2003 to strengthen the global nursing capacity in the prevention, detection, care and treatment of TB and M/XDR-TB in countries with high burdens.
The Eli Lilly MDR-TB Partnership is a public-private initiative to address the expanding crisis of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis to increase the availability of quality-assured medicine used to treat MDR-TB, enhance education for healthcare professionals where the need is greatest, improve prevention and treatment and raise awareness and reduce stigma of the disease among communities most at risk.
In most of the countries where TB and MDR-TB thrive, nurses constitute the vast majority of healthcare workers and are a particular strategic target for the Partnership programme.
The ICN-Lilly TB/MDR-TB project has reached more than 90,000 nurses and allied health workers in China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia. In the most recent phase, activity has focused on four core countries – China, India, Russia and South Africa.
The ICN Partners in Development Award 2015 was presented to Eli Lilly and Company during the ICN Conference Opening Ceremony in Seoul, June 2015
The multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc. received the 2013 Partners in Development Award for its tremendous and longstanding contribution to raise the role of nurses and to strengthen health care systems globally by collaborating with ICN on numerous projects.
The 2013 Partners in Development Award recognised Pfizer Inc.’s vision and commitment in partnering with ICN to initiate and continue to support the Global Nursing Leadership Institute, as well as its passionate collaboration on so many other projects: the Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF), including the sponsorship of the FNIF Luncheon and the support for the annual GCEF Coordinators’ workshop, the Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign, global nursing surveys and toolkit on counterfeit medicines. In recognition of the important role of nurses, Pfizer has established a platform to engage nurses, and commissioned global research on nurse perceptions in order to identify nurses’ key concerns and areas in which Pfizer might support nurses and, by doing so, strengthen health care systems, globally.
The 2007 inaugural recipient was Merck & Co. for supporting the innovative and effective ICN’s Mobile Nursing Library programme and in recognition of its leadership in corporate social responsibility, its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and its sustained commitment to strengthening and supporting nursing in delivering quality care.
In 2009, the Award was presented to Elsevier, the world’s leading publisher of health and science information, for their support and collaboration of ICN’s Mobile Library project and their shared conviction that quality health care begins with access to quality health care information.
In 2011, the Award was presented to BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company, whose moral, financial and technical support for nurses leading the ICN Wellness Centres for Health Care Workers® programme since its initiation in 2006 has contributed significantly to ensuring access to health and wellness services for health care workers and their families in sub-Saharan Africa.