Children aid organization wins 1M swiss francs for project in Mali

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Malian children wash a goat on the eve of the Islamic Festival of Eid al-Adha in Bamako on August 20, 2018. - Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha by visiting the tombs of their loved ones and slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels, marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (Photo by Michele CATTANI / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHELE CATTANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Malian children wash a goat on the eve of the Islamic Festival of Eid al-Adha in Bamako on August 20, 2018. – (Photo by Michele CATTANI / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHELE CATTANI/AFP/Getty Images)

An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement.

The Balzan Foundation announced Monday that Terre des Hommes will receive 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) for a project in the African nation of Mali to save infants during childbirth and help their mothers. The foundation said the project could be replicated on a larger scale in other countries.

While the Balzan Foundation awards prizes of 750,000 Swiss francs ($770,000) each year in four otherwise overlooked disciplines — two humanities and two scientific — the humanitarian award is given less frequently, at least every three years.

This year, prizes were awarded for social anthropology, global history, chemical ecology and fluid dynamics.

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