Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, as the representative of His Majesty the King, presided over the Prince Mahidol Award 2019 presentation ceremony at the Chakri Throne Hall, The Grand Palace.
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has been providing on-going support for this prestigious award, flying members of the award selection committee and award laureates to the Kingdom of Thailand on THAI Royal First Class.
In the Field of Medicine, the 2019 Prince Mahidol Award was presented to Professor Dr. Ralf F.W. Bartenschlager (fourth from left), his most prominent work is on the life cycle of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) that resulted in the invention of the new generation of anti-HCV drugs that saved millions of lives worldwide.
In the Field of Public Health, the 2019 Prince Mahidol Award was presented to Professor David Mabey (third from left), who has studied about trachoma more than 30 years and discovered that a single dose of azithromycin was effective for the treatment of trachoma.
Also present at the ceremony to congratulate the awardees were General Surayud Chulanont, President of the Privy Council; Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister of Thailand; Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President; Dr. Supat Vanichakarn, Secretary-General of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation; Mrs. Theerasin Saengrungsri, THAI Vice President of Corporate Image & Communications Department, and Mrs. Nathaya Beokhaimook, THAI Vice President of Travel Management and Planning Department.
The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, of which Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the President, was established under Royal Patronage in commemoration of the Centenary of the Birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkhla on 1 January 1992. Two Prince Mahidol Awards are conferred annually to individuals or institutions that have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of medical and public health services for humanity throughout the world.