Marleen Temmerman wins Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Medical Journal

The BMJ Lifetime Achievement Award is granted  annually to a person ‘who has, over their working lifetime so far, made a unique and substantial contribution to improving health care’. For the 2010 Life Time Achievement Award, the jury shortlisted 10 nominees out of 117 candidates who had been proposed by the scientific community. The readers of the BMJ website were offered the opportunity to cast votes on one of these 10 candidates. Around 40,000 votes have been registered from all over the world, and resulted in a convincing appointment of Marleen Temmerman as this year’s award winner.
 During the award ceremony which took place on March 10 in the London Hilton hotel, Marleen was praised as ‘a true champion for health care during her career – a pioneer for women’s health and one of the few clinicians who have managed to successfully combine politics and medicine to improve health care’.
Marleen was - of course - very pleased with this  outstanding recognition of her impressive career and expressed the hope that this award will contribute to bringing sexual and reproductive health issues under the attention of public and policy makers, and to inspiring the scientific and political communities to advocate for  women's health and rights worldwide.  She also expressed her great admiration for the work of the other nominees, paid tribute to her collaborators. And thanked  all voters worldwide for supporting her.
The complete list of 2010 BMJ award winners can be found at

Date: 2010