ICTC launches significant achievement award

21 Jul 2014

ICTC is delighted to announce the launch of the ICTC MacCallan Medal, a significant achievement award in recognition of exceptional efforts to improve implementation for the elimination of blinding trachoma.

ICTC is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2014. To mark this event and celebrate the achievements of the trachoma community in recent years, ICTC is launching this significant achievement award. Through the award, ICTC aims to support current and future efforts by showcasing what can be done to accelerate progress towards the GET2020 Alliance goal of eliminating blinding trachoma globally by the year 2020.

ICTC is also commemorating Arthur Ferguson MacCallan, an ophthalmologist who undertook pioneering work in Egypt between 1903 and 1923, establishing both mobile and permanent ophthalmic hospitals throughout the country. He developed the MacCallan Classification of Trachoma, the first grading system used to standardize diagnosis in field surveys and research studies.

Arthur was an early contributor to the fight against blinding trachoma, many of his observations are as relevant today as they were at the turn of the twentieth century and there is much to learn from his early achievements. Sincere thanks go to the MacCallan family for supporting this award in Arthur MacCallan’s name. With Arthur’s legacy in mind, ICTC aims to highlight contemporary successes for sharing learning within the NTD community and beyond. 

The ICTC MacCallan Medal will be awarded at the 2014 Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network meeting in Paris this September to the nominated individual who demonstrates the most exceptional achievement based on the selection criteria, as decided by the award panel. The award is open to nominations from and for any individual in both within the ICTC membership and beyond.  

Deadline for nominations: 27 August 2014

How to enter

Nominations for the 2014 ICTC MacCallan Medal are open to any individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in improving implementation for the elimination of blinding trachoma. 

  • To enter, simply fill in the nomination form and email it to the ICTC Project Coordinator by the 27 August 2014.
  • The winning nominee will be showcased as part of ICTC’s online and PR activities and invited to attend the ICTC meeting in Paris, 22 September 2014.
  • The particular context of the individual’s efforts should be current, i.e. within the last two years or ongoing.
  • All sections of the nomination form must be clearly completed, and all required supporting material provided (i.e. pictures).
  • The winning nominee would be expected to receive their award and share their learning in Paris at the Neglected Tropical Disease NGDO Network (NNN) meeting in September 2014.
  • By submitting a nomination, you consent to the information provided about the achievement to be made available on the ICTC website, social media and press releases and any other communications and materials.