Lions Health, UNICEF and Unilever launch global health competition

Last night, Lions Health together with UNICEF and Unilever, launched the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing global health systems in developing countries.

For UNICEF, one of the key challenges for children to survive and thrive is creating the awareness that health is not just about supplies or specific initiatives - but about creating a more sustainable system that reaches every child with basic, lifesaving health services.  Effective health systems are not just about providing medicines, doctors, and facilities, they are also about communicating with those communities and educating families about the importance of seeking care and support. 

To date, communications around child health have been fragmented and divided into silos, such as sanitation, HIV and vaccination, preventing an integrated approach in generating awareness and support.

The Young Lions Award calls on the young creative industry to develop a compelling campaign that would help address this challenge. UNICEF will utilise the winning campaign as the basis for engaging the general public to advocate and mobilise support for better, child-focused health systems. Communication and marketing professionals, under the age of 30, are invited to submit their campaign concepts online commencing on 25 February.

Speaking at the event, Philip Thomas, CEO of Lions Festivals, said that “as organisers of a global annual awards and Festival for creative excellence in pharma and healthcare & wellness, it was a natural move to introduce an award that will help propel and showcase young industry talent.” He continued that he was “delighted to have the support of both UNICEF and Unilever whose involvement meant that beyond recognising talent, the competition served a higher purpose in generating awareness of the need to strengthen health systems in the developing world.”

Speaking about their involvement, Gérard Bocquenet, Director Fundraising and Partnerships of UNICEF, said, “The Cannes Lions-UNICEF-Unilever partnership is precisely the type of bold and innovative initiative required to leverage public engagement to create lasting – and life-saving - change for the most excluded and vulnerable children. The Young Lions initiative is a great opportunity for UNICEF to tap into an unparalleled source of creative communication ideas to raise support to help UNICEF strengthen health systems in the developing world.”

Keith Weed, Unilever’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, stated, “At Unilever, we believe business has a role to play in addressing today’s global development challenges and are actively involved in several areas that align with our business.  This partnership provides an innovative platform to generate awareness about the millions of people in developing countries who are dying from preventable diseases -- as result of conditions such as poor hygiene, lack of access to proper sanitation, and the absence of safe and affordable drinking water -- and the necessary solutions needed to help create a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Entries will be judged by a dedicated jury made up of respected industry members:

• Andrew Spurgeon, Executive Creative Director, Langland
• Ashley Schofield, Executive Creative Director, CDM Princeton
• Claudia Gonzalez Romo, Chief of Public Advocacy, UNICEF
• June Laffey, Executive Creative Director, McCann Health Sydney
• Keith Weed, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Unilever
• Dr Mickey Chopra, Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes, UNICEF
• Rob Rogers, Chief Creative Officer and co-CEO, the Americas, Sudler
• Shaheed Peera, Executive Creative Director EU, Publicis Life Brands Resolute

Taking place from 19-20 June, Lions Health is a festival and awards ceremony for creative excellence in the global healthcare industry. The winners of the Young Lions Health Award will be presented at Lions Health giving them the opportunity to join the global healthcare community, as well as see their entry in the spotlight when they are presented to at the official awards ceremony.

Further information on how to enter, along with key dates and the creative brief can be found online at


Notes to Editors:

Lions Health, 19 & 20 June 2015, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Lions Health is a global annual awards for creative excellence in pharma and healthcare & wellness communications, judged by international industry professionals. The awards form part of a two-day Festival of content, learning and debate that will explore the essential and unique issues relating to the world of healthcare communications, present exhibitions and screenings of the work being judged, and offer unrivalled networking opportunities.

Lions Health is organised by Lions

Lions Festivals

Lions Festivals is the organiser of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Eurobest, as well as co-organisers, with its joint venture partners, of Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity, Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity, and the Asian Marketing Effectiveness & Strategy

Lions Festivals is powered by Top Right Group.

Competition dates

Announcement of brief: 17 February 2015

Entries open: 25 February

Entries close: 02 April 2015

Judging: 13 April 2015 – 30 April 2015

Award presentation - Lions Health Awards Ceremony, 19 June 2015

Key Dates

Delegate registration: open

Entries: open

Entries Deadline: 02 April 2015

Lions Health: 19 & 20 June 2015, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France


For further information, please contact:

Camilla Lambert, PR & Press Manager

Lions Festivals, 33 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6UF United Kingdom

Tel: +44-(0)20-3033 4000;

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  

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