Nursing in the U.S.A

Stephen Lewis Tapped for Global Nursing Health and Human Rights Award

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Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, is the  recipient of the International Council of Nurses' (ICN) Health and Human Rights Award. The award is given every four years and bestows the esteem and recognition of the world's 12 million nurses for Lewis' outstanding humanitarian contributions and achievements in the domain of health and human rights. The 2001 inaugural recipient of this Award was Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It is ICN's only award given to someone who is not a nurse.

"Stephen's inspirational and tireless advocacy for the millions of Africans living with AIDS has touched hearts, moved critical policy forward and opened funding pipelines for access to HIV/AIDS therapy", said ICN President Christine Hancock. "He has established the critical link between human rights and health, awakening the conscience of the comfortable and the common humanity of us all."

The ICN cited Lewis's passionate advocacy for the world's most vulnerable, and said his service epitomizes the goals and values of ICN and nursing in the promotion of health and human rights.  Lewis has brought special attention to the suffering and powerlessness of women and advocated relentlessly for women's rights and gender equality in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The award will be formally presented at the ICN 23rd Quadrennial Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, May  21-27, 2005.