WHO – World No Tobacco Day 2018 Awards – Call for Nominations

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. An award is given to each selected person or organization recognizing their outstanding contribution to tobacco control. There are two types of awards granted every year: the Certificate of appreciation and the DG Special Recognition Award.

The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the policies and measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines, particularly in relation to the theme of World No Tobacco Day. Nominations for reasons based on the regular parliamentary or administrative work of nominees will not be considered.

Each nomination will need to provide the following information:

  • Complete name of the nominee
  • Title of the nominee, if a person
  • Address of the nominee, including email or phone
  • Language to be used on the correspondence with the nominee and on the certificate (English or French)
  • Complete name of the nominator
  • Title of the nominator, if a person
  • Address of the nominator, including email or phone
  • A detailed description of the reason for the nomination, including the dates of the actions, possible reasons include:
    • The nomination can be for a particular action, or for a group of actions, or for the body of a nominee’s work in the area of tobacco control at any local, national, regional or international level.
    • The nominee may have set a meritorious (or distinctive) example for others in the tobacco control movement.
    • The nominee may have overcome a big obstacle in achieving the objective for which he or she is considered worthy of a World No Tobacco Day award.
    • The nominee may have demonstrated outstanding leadership or commitment or been particularly innovative in his or her approach to tobacco control.
    • The nominee may have brought particular resources or knowledge or expertise to bear on tobacco control.
    • The nominee may have made an outstanding contribution to tobacco control as a crucial measure to rolling back noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Please find attached the guidelines on the nomination and the form to be completed by the nominator.

We would be grateful if you could send the nominations by Friday, 9 March 2018.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2018 is: “Tobacco and heart disease”. The campaign will increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death.

Additional information on World No Tobacco Day 2018 are available at

Download the nominations form and guidelines here

The Bakken Invitation Award – Funded by Medtronic Foundation

If you, or someone you know, have overcome a medical condition with the help of medical technology, and are now giving back to make a positive impact in the world, apply for the Medtronic Foundation’s 2017 Bakken Invitation Award and join a global philanthropic movement of patients who “Live On. Give On. Dream On.” Applications are open through July 24, 2017.


About the Award 

The Bakken Invitation Award, funded by Medtronic Foundation, promotes access to healthcare by recognizing and connecting people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now making a difference in communities around the world. The program is named after Medtronic co-founder, Earl Bakken, who openly acknowledges that medical technology has given him 10+ years of “extra life”— time he has put to good use, with heavy community involvement.

Each year, the Medtronic Foundation selects a new group of Honorees and invites them to:

  • Convene in Hawaii (USA), where Earl Bakken resides, for an all-expenses-paid experience where Honorees acquire skills to inspire and empower others to manage their own health condition; mobilize other patients to give on in service to others; and learn how to use their voices and scale up their volunteer efforts to make a broader impact.
  • Select a charity of their choice to receive a grant from the Medtronic Foundation.

Since 2013, the Medtronic Foundation has recognized 47 Bakken Invitation Award Honorees and disbursed $940,000 USD to nonprofit organizations through the program to further their work. View profiles of past honorees to see how their work impacts the lives of others.

What can you do?

  • Invite patient volunteers to apply: Forward this email to your network of people who volunteer and serve others.
  • Connect with us on Facebook and visit our website.
  • Tag us and include the hashtag in your posts #BakkenInvitation #LiveOnGiveOn.

How to Apply

All applicants 14 years of age or older with eligible medical technology are welcome to apply, regardless of device manufacturer. For a complete list of application requirements, and information on how to apply, visit liveongiveon.org to apply before July 24, 2017.


Your support helps to lift the voices and the charitable initiatives of patients around the world.



Elize Joubert CEO of CANSA has won big in the 2015 Africa’s Most Influential Women (MIW) in Business & Government Awards in the category ‘Welfare and Civil Society Organisations’. Taking home not one but two awards for ‘Country Winner for South Africa’ and winner for ‘SADC South Region’ for the category ‘Welfare and Civil Society Organisations’.

On asking Elize what the award meant to her she stated. “I’m highly honoured to receive this recognition and pledge my on-going commitment to health and social issues for the good of our communities.  My reward is indeed the development of the communities themselves through the help and support of organisations like CANSA.”

It is hoped this award will reinforce the trust in CANSA and the brand it has created fighting against and for the control of cancer in South Africa.

What is next for CANSA?

The on-going fight of the disease in the light of the increasing frequencies of cancer in South Africa. As well as maintaining a sustainable organisation and meeting implementation goals of their mission in the current economic environment.