Silke Mader receives "Prix Courage"

For the ninth time, the public-service German television broadcaster ZDF television programme "ML mona lisa" in cooperation with the cosmetics company Clarins awards the "Prix Courage" to women who are distinguished by their special commitment to children and adolescents. The 2012 award goes to Silke Mader, chairwoman and co-founder of EFCNI.

In her position Silke Mader represents the interests of preterm infants and newborns with illnesses as well as their families, the former representing Europe’s largest group of child patients. She aims to bring together all stakeholders who can make a difference and improve the conditions of babies born preterm by opting for high-quality prevention methods, treatment and care in the hospital and long-term follow-up and continuing care.

Silke Mader herself experienced the tragedy a preterm birth brings: she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy at 25 weeks with her twins and had to have an emergency caesarian-section. She ended up being resuscitated and doctors were uncertain if she and her children were going to survive. She and her little boy made it through but her little daughter, weighting just 290 grams, passed away a week later. This traumatic experience almost 16 years ago prompted her to get involved in the cause for preterm babies and their parents. 

300 guests, ranging from business, politics to culture, gathered at the evening of the award ceremony in the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche (Court Church of All Saints) in Munich at the 5th of November 2013. The event was hosted by Sibylle Bassler, the editorial director of 
"ML mona lisa", and Christian Courtin-Clarins, Chairman of the Clarins Group. Dr. Angelika Niebler, Member of the European Parliament, gave the welcome address while German actress Gesine Cukrowski gave the honoury speech. 

The evening was accompanied by musical performances of the band “Die Prinzen” (“The Princes”) and Swedish star pianist and preterm baby father Robert Wells who performed alongside singer Jakob Samuel and saxophonist Heinz Peters. The prize donation will be used to help improve and implement family centered care in Europe.

"Prix Courage" - Ceremony 5. November 2013

EFCNI thanks the medical and safety technology company Dräger for supporting us with small preterm infants’ socks to go alongside the informative postcards handed out during the event. 

Many thanks go to Clarins and Hans-Jörg Groß for providing us with those wonderful pictures! 

You can watch the highlights of the ceremony in German online here.

About the award

The "Prix de la Femme Dynamisante" was first awarded by Jacques Courtin - Clarins , founder of the cosmetics company Clarins in Paris in 1996. The television programme "ML mona lisa" began to honour women who are committed to social causes and the welfare of children with the "ML - Woman of the Year" award in 1995. Both awards have been united to the "Prix Courage" in 2005, when the new prize was awarded for the first time. 

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