miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018

ISGlobal: Oriol Mitjà is nominated ‘Catalan of the Year 2016’

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ISGlobal researcher Oriol Mitjà is the winner of the ‘Catalan of the Year 2016’ award, a nomination bestowed by the “El Periódico de Cataluña” newspaper based on its readers’ votes to Catalan individuals whose professional or social contributions are outstanding. Mitjá was a finalist in the 2016 edition, together with the designer Francisco Ibañez and the priest Manel Pousa, founder of the Pare Manel Foundation.

The prize recognizes Oriol Mitjà’s commitment to the fight against yaws disease and the work he and his team have carried out in Papua New Guinea. “We must open our eyes and defeat poverty-related diseases”, said Mitjà in his speech, and he exhorted the politicians to adopt the fundamental goal of reducing inequalities and contributing funds to development aid.

The Catalan of the Year 2016 announcement was postponed last year and was celebrated last Tuesday May 29th, together with the Catalan of the Year 2017, awarded to the actor Josep Maria Pou. The event took place in the National Theatre of Catalonia, in the presence of the Catalan President Quim Torra, and the Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau, among other personalities.

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