Peter Baker wins prestigious UK public health award

Men’s health campaigner Peter Baker, who is now Campaign Director of HPV Action, has been awarded the Royal Society of Public Health’s prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Championing the Public’s Health Award for 2018.

The award recognises the long-term EMHF collaborator and former CEO of the Men’s Health Forum for his tireless work to reduce the public health burden of the human papillomavirus (HPV). As the third recipient of the RSPH award, Peter is in the illustrious company of celebrity chef and child obesity campaigner Jamie Oliver, and actor and campaigner Michael Sheen.

After five years of campaigning, HPV Action, led by Peter, achieved its goal and a gender-neutral vaccination HPV programme is expected to be rolled out nationally from September 2019. Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, said: ‘Peter has worked tirelessly over the past five years to ensure boys will be protected against the HPV virus. His work with HPV Action has been inspiring, and we were delighted when the government’s decision to roll-out a gender neutral programme was announced in July this year. As well as his work on the gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme, Peter has been at the centre of work on men’s health for nearly twenty years. He is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.’

Peter said: ‘I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of HPV Action’s achievement of gender-neutral HPV vaccination. This long-overdue and vital public health measure will undoubtedly save lives, reduce suffering and benefit both men and women. Our work now is to ensure that it is implemented quickly and effectively.’