The Léon Bernard Foundation Prize
The Léon Bernard Foundation was established in 1937 by international subscription in memory of Professor Léon Bernard, one of the founders of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations. The administration of the Léon Bernard Foundation was transferred to WHO in 1948.
The Léon Bernard Foundation Prize consists of a bronze medal and a sum of CHF 2500 to be awarded to a person having accomplished outstanding service in the field of social medicine.
The prize is awarded when funds permit, recently every two years, and presented at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.
Procedure for the proposal and selection of candidates
Any national health administration and any former recipient of the prize may propose the name of a candidate who, in their opinion, qualifies for the award; the nomination must be accompanied by a written justification. When informing the members of the Foundation Committee that the interest accumulated on the Foundation capital enables the Léon Bernard Prize to be awarded, the Director-General also submits to them a list of candidates proposed to him/her since the last award. After consideration of the candidatures, the Foundation Committee makes a recommendation to the Executive Board, which designates the recipient of the prize.