The Roux Prize

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Nominations for the 2024 Roux Prize are now open! Please submit your nomination by May 15.

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Congratulations to Professor Ibrahim Abubakar 2023 Roux Prize winner.

“What drives me each day is the firm belief that the existence of health inequalities is not a given – it is within our reach to eliminate inequitable access to care if we work collectively to improve the lives and conditions of the most disadvantaged among us,” said Prof. Abubakar, Dean of Faculty of Population Health Sciences at University College London.

Prof. Abubakar’s greatest achievement is his recent work on The Lancet Nigeria Commission that directly led to Nigeria’s passing a new law mandating basic health insurance and the creation of a fund for vulnerable populations that covers 83 million underprivileged people.

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Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

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Past recipients of the prize have gone on to achieve great accomplishments in public health.

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Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta awarded 2021 Roux Prize

Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, of Aga Khan University (AKU) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been awarded the 2021 Roux Prize, a US$100,000 award for turning evidence into health impact.

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Norwegian Professors Jørn and Kristin Braa awarded 2020 Roux Prize

Professors and siblings Kristin Braa and Jørn Braa, of the University of Oslo, have been awarded the 2020 Roux Prize, a US$100,000 award for turning evidence into health impact. The siblings created and manage the District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2), an open-source tool that is now the world’s largest health management information platform. 

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‘Activist editor’ Richard Horton of The Lancet receives $100,000 Roux Prize for lifetime achievement in population health

Dr. Richard Horton, the “activist editor” of the international medical journal The Lancet, will be honored June 10 in London for his accomplishments as one of the world’s most “committed, articulate, and influential advocates for population health.” He is receiving the 2019 Roux Prize, given annually to individuals on the front lines of global health innovation in data science. Past winners include health ministers of Rwanda and Mali.  

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda, wins Roux Prize for using data to improve Rwandan health

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a trained pediatrician and Minister of Health of Rwanda, is the second winner of the Roux Prize, a US$100,000 award for turning evidence into health impact and the largest prize of its kind. Dr. Binagwaho has been using Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data and evidence from the Ministry’s own data-gathering efforts to ensure the country’s limited resources are saving the most lives and reducing suffering.

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About the Roux Prize

David and Barbara Roux established the $100,000 Roux Prize in 2013 to reward innovation in the application of disease burden research. The prize recognizes the person who has used health evidence in bold ways to make people healthier – and to highlight just what’s possible when visionaries use health evidence to change lives.

Mr. Roux is a founding board member of IHME and, during its initial decade, he championed IHME’s most ambitious project, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). He encouraged IHME, as the coordinating center for the diverse array of GBD Collaborators, from policymakers to researchers, practitioners to academics, to find ways to make the information more accessible and useful, so that it could have the greatest possible impact on the ground. The Roux Prize seeks to champion those who use evidence such as the GBD, to improve population health.

David and Barbara Roux, founders of the Roux Prize.

Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Roux Prize and IHME confirm their strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Roux Prize tries to promote the recognition and engagement of individuals of diverse backgrounds and abilities and embraces diverse perspectives in their application of the field of population health and science.

We encourage the submission of competitive nominations of members of groups typically underrepresented in scientific awards and within the population health community at large. Please help us to further this mission by submitting nominations of outstanding contributors of diverse backgrounds for the Roux Prize.

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