India’s ASHA workers among six recipients of Global Health Leaders Award

AWARDS AND SPORTS

The one million ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers, who are at the forefront of healthcare delivery in India, have received the Global Health Leaders Award-2022 in the backdrop of the ongoing 75th World Health Assembly. The other recipients include eight volunteer polio workers who were shot and killed by armed gunmen in Takhar and Kunduz provinces in Afghanistan in February this year. The WHO said that this work is crucial in a country where polio is still in circulation.

  The award also recognised Dr Paul Farmer for his contribution to providing direct healthcare services, research and advocacy for those who are sick and living in poverty; Dr Ahmed Hankir for his anti-stigma programme that blends in the power of performing arts and storytelling with psychiatry; Volleyball player Ludmila Sofia Oliveira Varela for facilitating access to sports as an alternative to risky behaviour in youth; and Yohei Sasakawa for his global fight against leprosy and the associated stigma and social discrimination.

 

   Important Points for the exam:

  • India’s one million all-women ASHA workers were awarded Global Health Leaders Awards 2022. 
  • They are honoured by WHO for their ‘outstanding’ contribution to advancing global health, demonstrated leadership and commitment to regional health issues.
  • The ceremony for the awards, which were established in 2019, was part of the live-streamed high-level opening session of the 75th World Health Assembly. 
  • The other recipients include eight volunteer polio workers who were shot and killed by armed gunmen in Takhar and Kunduz provinces in Afghanistan.
  • The award also recognised Dr Paul Farmer, Dr Ahmed Hankir, Ludmila Sofia Oliveira Varela, and Yohei Sasakawa.

   Facts to Know:

  • The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • WHO Director General: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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