The UN Public Service Awards will honour projects that fight poverty and promote sustainable development.
Public Service Award winners
The Award winners will be presented to delegations from around the globe during the high-level Awards Ceremony on 27 June. The theme for this year's global Forum is “Transformative e-Government and Innovation: Creating a Better Future for All”.
The winning project this year from Kenya involves an initiative on Gender and Health, Nikumbuke-Health by Motorbike. Women in rural areas who suffer from preventable illnesses often do not have access to adequate health care services. A 2009 health needs assessment for women in four rural communities in South-East Kenya identified major health concerns: 1) Life expectancy of women had dropped from 60.1 years in 1990 to around 45.6 years in 2009; 2) Early marriage and teenage pregnancy had contributed to high infant mortality and maternal death rates; 3) Pregnancy, especially in adolescents, put women at higher risk of malaria infection than any other adult group and problems such as hemorrhage, shock and bacterial infections from female genital cutting on young women. For health care, women had to travel long distances, often by foot or bicycle, to access a government clinic. Some preventable diseases spread easily and treatable illnesses often became endemic. Nikumbuke-Health by Motorbike (N-HbM) addressed this problem by reaching out to rural areas not only for conventional health care services but also by illness prevention measures through knowledge transfer and local capacity building. Since 2009, N-HbM has reached approximately 60,000 people, which is approximately two thirds of the rural population of the Kwale District and more than 3000 families per year have directly benefited from the health services of the Mama-Toto Mobile Clinic. Maternal health has greatly improved by encouraging pre-natal visits and the delivery of babies at the government Health Center for those who can afford the transportation and fee, and by providing knowledge and tools for safe home deliveries for those who do not.
The 2013 winners are from the following countries:
1st place winners: Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates;
2nd place winners: Bahrain, Botswana, Brazil, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.
For more information on the winning countries, please refer to the attached UNPSA fact sheet.
The Forum and Awards Ceremony are hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Public Administration and Development Management in partnership with UN-WOMEN, UNESCWA and UNIDO, among others.
In 2003, the UN General Assembly designated 23 June as UN Public Service Day to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community.