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Cannes Lions 2017: McCann shines with Grand Prix for Good and 9 medals at Lions Health

Medulla Communications won two Silver Lions while Taproot Dentsu and Ogilvy Mumbai won a Bronze Lion each

McCann Health, New Delhi / McCann Worldgroup India, Mumbai won the Lions Health Grand Prix for Good, open to Gold Lion winning entries ineligible for a Grand Prix in their section along with four Gold and four Silver and a Bronze Lion at the Lions Health 2017. The agency won all the medals for its 'Immunity Charm' campaign done for Ministry of Public Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The award was judged by Caleb Tiller, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs, the United Nations Foundation, and members of the Pharma and Health & Wellness Juries: Mike Rodgers, June Laffey, Christine Abbott and R. John Fidelino.


Caleb Tiller, commented “The Lions Health Grand Prix for Good award sits at the cross-section of creativity and social impact. It’s an exciting time for our community, as cross-pollination between sectors is creating new opportunities to engage people in driving social change and improving lives.”

Commenting on the win, Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, McCann Asia Pacific & CEO and Chief Creative Officer, McCann India, said, “We are really proud of the work done for Afghan Ministry of Public Affairs, titled the Immunity Charm. When an idea is seeded in culture and finds a meaningful role in people's life it's always has a positive impact and increased salience. This idea does exactly that. McCann feels pride in being associated with a brand effort as meaningful as this, am also proud of Prateek Bhardwaj, Harshit Jain, Soumya Nagabhushan  Dr. Daniel J Carucci, Kamya lawadhi,  Andrew Schirmer, Urvashi Das & Vaibhava Bhatnagar”and the entire team."

2016 Healthcare agency of the year, Medulla Communications won two Silver Lions for its ‘Last Laugh’ campaign done for ‘Palliative Care’.

In Health and Wellness Lion, Taproot Dentsu won a Bronze Lion for its Adidas Odds campaign while Ogilvy Mumbai bagged a Bronze Lion for ‘Savlon Healthy Hands Chalk Sticks’ campaign.

Launched in 2014, the Health & Wellness and Pharma Lions celebrate creativity across pharma and healthcare communications, aimed at healthcare professionals, patients and consumers.
The Health & Wellness Lions celebrate creativity for personal wellbeing and an inspired approach to consumer healthcare, comprising work that publically educates, promotes non-prescription products, allows self-diagnosis or facilitates pro-active personal care.

From 2245 entries received in Health & Wellness, 65 Lions were awarded: 14 Gold, 20 Silver and 30 Bronze. 'Meet Graham' by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia, for Transport Accident Commission Victoria claimed the Grand Prix.

Health & Wellness Jury President, Mike Rogers, Creative Partner, Serviceplan Health & Life, Germany, said “Since the introduction of Lions Health in 2014, it’s been fascinating to witness the incredible impact the Health & Wellness Lion has had on the industry perception of healthcare creativity. We’ve seen the work flourish and this year’s shortlist showed a range and depth of work, crossing technology and the creative use of data.”

The Pharma Lions celebrate creative communications from pharmaceutical clients and services surrounding this highly regulated industry. From 590 entries received, 25 Lions were awarded: 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 10 Bronze and there was no Grand Prix.

Pharma Jury President, June Laffey, Executive Creative Director, McCann Health, Australia & South East Asia, said “In Pharma, we can create work that changes lives and we award the very best work in the world. The shortlist was formidable and there were lots of strong productive arguments in the jury room. Throughout the judging process we were mindful that the work we award reflects what is possible creatively and what can be possible in the future in this highly regulated space.”

The Healthcare Agency of the Year was awarded to Area 23, New York; second to Medulla Communications, Mumbai; and third to McCann Health, New Delhi.

The Healthcare Network of the Year went to McCann Health; second to FCB Health; and third to The CDM Group.

Louise Benson, Executive Festival Director of Lions Health, commented, “Lions Health is now in its fourth year and in that time the Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions have become the industry platform for new ideas to be celebrated, discussed and built upon. We’ve seen the quality and the breadth of work across healthcare communications flourish. Lions Health champions creative excellence in this highly regulated field and pushes for greater innovation.”

Revolving around the work, day one of Lions Health, the two-day specialist event taking place during Cannes Lions, kicked-off with mind-opening sessions to advance the future of healthcare communications. McCann Health and “Astro Mike” and Havas Health alongside sci-fi artist Lucy McCrae, took to the stages.

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