In 2016, the Global Citizen Award honored humanitarian and founder of Gift of the Givers Foundation, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman. Since the start of the Foundation in August 1992, Dr. Sooliman has grown the Gift of the Givers into Africa’s largest disaster relief organization. Today, the organization has a team of 200 that provides medical assistance, equipment, supplies, high energy and protein supplements, food, and water to millions of people each year.
The award recognizes not only the humanitarian efforts of this African non-governmental organization (NGO) but also its drive for cutting-edge innovation and invention. The Gift of the Givers Foundation designed and developed the world’s first and only containerized hospital comprising 28 units, as well as the world's first groundnut-soya high energy and protein supplement that is used in the treatment of severe malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, TB, cancer, and other life-threatening and debilitating conditions. The Foundation additionally established Africa's largest open source computer lab.
During the largest refugee emergency in history, Dr. Sooliman started working internationally and brought the Foundation’s relief efforts to Syria and Turkey. He has erected two hospitals in Syria and is now running a program to upgrade and transfer skills to doctors, nurses and other medical personnel. By acknowledging the significant work being done by this African NGO internationally, Henley & Partners also wants to highlight the contribution to the global community by a region too often seen exclusively as a mere recipient of international aid.