27th International Conference
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent


Geneva, 28 October 1999

Four people, two of them posthumously, have been awarded the Henry Dunant medal for humanitarian service at a ceremony in Geneva on 29 October 1999. The recipients of the medal named for the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are :

Ms Ute Stührwoldt, a paediatric nurse of the German Red Cross
Mr Donald Tansley, a former Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency
Dr. Byron R.M. Hove, former Chairman of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and former Vice Chairman of the Standing Commission (posthumously)
Dr. Guillermo Rueda Montana, former President of the Colombian Red Cross (posthumously)

The medals were awarded by the Council of Delegates which is composed of representatives from 176 National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The medals - awarded every two years - recognize and reward outstanding services and acts performed on behalf of the Movement. Criteria for receiving the award include incurring risks on behalf of others which endanger life, health and personal freedom. The medal may also be awarded for a long period of service devoted to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The Henry Dunant Medal is a red cross embossed with the profile of the founder of the Movement, attached to a green ribbon. It takes precedence over the Red Cross badges or decorations.


Ute Stührwoldt
Ms Ute Stührwoldt, a registered paediatric nurse joined the German Red Cross after graduation and has been active ever since. From 1985 to 1998, Ms Stührwoldt worked as a health delegate with the ICRC and the International Federation on a number of missions in Africa and central Asia. Over this period of more than 10 years, Ms Stührwoldt set up and supervised many feeding centres in some the world's most embattled areas, where she provided medical support to and helped evacuate the war wounded - demonstrating rare qualities of compassion. Ms Stührwoldt also trained medical and health personnel.
Donald Tansley
Mr Donald Tansley was Executive Vice-President of the Canadian International development Agency when he took a leave of absence to conduct a study for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on its future role. He became the study Director of the Joint Committee for the reappraisal of the role of the Red Cross and published the final report, "An Agenda for the Red Cross in 1975" which became a veritable reference document for the entire Movement. His report facilitated the task of defining missions and goals for the Movement's components.
Dr. Byron R.M. Hove (posthumously)
Dr Hove was a founding member and National Chairman of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society. He held the post until shortly before his death in 1998. During his tenure, he set up a series of programmes which enhanced his Society's capacity to serve the community. As Vice-Chairman of the Standing Commission, Dr. Hove was committed to strengthening the relationship between the different components of the Movement.
Dr. Guillermo Rueda Montana (posthumously)
As a practising surgeon, Dr. Rueda Montana served the Colombian health sector and taught medicine in several universities. During his 20-year tenure as President of the Colombian Red Cross, he developed the Colombian Red Cross into a strong and independent National Society, as well as becoming increasingly active in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Dr Rueda's life was devoted to alleviating human suffering in his war-torn country and to promoting peace there.

For more information please contact:

Marie-Françoise Borel, Information Officer, Federation 41 22 730 43 46
Françoise Derron, Information Officer, ICRC 41 22 730 29 15

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