The honorary award is bestowed by the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet. In their citation, the Board commends Bill and Melinda Gates for their active and long-term contributions through their foundation to improving human health where there is the greatest need. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports healthcare provision in poor countries and finances research to develop effective measures against the most serious global health problems.
“The Gates Foundation’s science-based approach to global health ensures that the money they contribute is put to the most effective use,” says Jan Carlstedt-Duke, Dean of Research at Karolinska Institutet.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed almost $7.8 billion to date to support global health programs.
This year, Karolinska Institutet has appointed three additional honorary doctors (two in medicine and one in dentistry), who will be receiving the symbols of their new status (ring, diploma and cap) at the annual conferment ceremony in May in the Stockholm City Hall.
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