Queen Rania Receives 2005 UAE Health Foundation Prize

May 19, 2005

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, was awarded the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize, at the World Health Organization headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.

An international recognition of Queen Rania’s commitment and active involvement in health development issues, the prize was presented at a special ceremony during the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), which brought together WHO office representatives from around the world, practitioners of health-related organizations and health ministers from WHO member states, including Jordanian Minster of Health, Saed Darwazeh, who received the award on Her Majesty’s behalf.

Established in 1993, upon the directives of His Highness the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayyan, previous recipients of the award include Former First Lady Mrs. Hilary Clinton (1998), Medicines San Frontiers (2002), Sir Magdi Yacoub (2003) and Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Stella Ivbayelea Obasanjo (2004).

Established in 1948 as the United Nations specialized agency for health, WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly, the main tasks of which are to approve the WHO program and the budget for the following year and to decide major policy questions.