Bill Theobald
March 27, 2008
Gannett News Service

Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader, will be honored by Physicians for Peace for his work on global health, the group announced.

Frist will receive the Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award for Global Health, named after the founder of Physicians for Peace, at a gala in October. Frist will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Before and during his time in the Senate, Frist took regular medical mission trips to Africa. Since leaving the Senate in 2007, Frist has become involved in several projects. He is chairman of Save the Children's Survive to 5 campaign to provide simple health services to young children in developing countries. He also is co-chairman of One Vote '08, which encourages the presidential candidates to discuss their views on global poverty and health.

Physicians for Peace provides medical training, clinical care and medical supplies. It has conducted medical missions in 50 countries.