Congratulations to Public Health England (PHE) for winning the British Expertise International Awards 2018 under “international healthcare project” category for “Fast-track global collaborations to conquer emergencies such as Ebola and Zika”.  PHE’s Senior Business Development Manager Professor S.S. Vasan collected the award on his team’s behalf from HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO on 12 April 2018.

Thanking his colleagues “who have made such a difference to our response to Ebola and Zika crises”, Professor Vasan said, “The aspect of our project we are most proud of is collaborations. It is absolutely essential when you are facing a global emergency like Ebola or Zika that we set aside differences, and we keep the focus on saving lives and working in collaboration with industry, academia and non-profit sector so that the response can be very effective and very quick. Every minute saves lives, literally, in this case.”                       

PHE previously won the RCUK Impact Awards 2015 for contribution to society for innovative knowledge transfer activities during the Ebola response. They have effectively used the Ebola lessons and partnerships to manage the subsequent Zika crisis better. A key component is the ‘PHE fast track model agreement’ (to be used in evaluating treatment options and providing a coordinated response to any global health  crisis) which has been showcased as best practice by the UK Intellectual Property Office, the US NIH, etc.

For these efforts and leadership, PHE has been selected as the best international project by an eminent and independent panel of experts from a shortlist of equally deserving projects such as Cardiff University’s trauma pack for saving lives in the ‘golden hour’ (1st runner up) and Delivering Procurement Services for Aid (DPSA)’s Free health care initiative in Sierra Leone (2nd runner up). This is PHE Business Development’s second major award this year, following Judith Parker getting the Best Business Development Newcomer of the Year Award recently.