2013 Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes

The 2013 Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes has been given to Graham Ogle, MBBS, FRACP. Supported by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the Harold Rifkin Award honors individual outstanding service in the cause of diabetes that has been performed with an international perspective and with international impact.

Dr. Ogle, a pediatric endocrinologist, is general manager of the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program, working from the Australian Diabetes Council in Sydney. He is compassionate and resourceful, and he has been effective in establishing and strengthening diabetes services in many parts of the developing world. Life for a Child now helps 11,200 children and youth in 41 countries, and Dr. Ogle has visited many of these countries. By empowering local champions in diabetes centers and associations, and mobilizing international support, he has been able to develop individual solutions to improve access to insulin, test strips, expert medical care, and diabetes education.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Ogle worked for HOPE worldwide in Papua New Guinea, where he conducted nationwide type 2 diabetes research, expanded clinical care services, developed national treatment guidelines, and helped establish the Diabetic Association of Papua New Guinea. He continues to supervise a program to improve diabetes services there. In Cambodia, he was the founding director of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE in Phnom Penh, which provides extensive diabetes care and education.