Panaji: At the national consultation held with the ministry of health and family welfare to commemorate World Health Day, world health organization’s (WHO) country office for India gave out awards for Public Health Champions.
Sangath, a leading health research NGO based in Goa, has been a recipient of an award by WHO.
Other winners are Dr Paresh Vamanrao Dave, Government of Gujarat, Mahan Trust, Maharashtra, and SEARCH, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra for sustained contribution to public health. In the category of innovation, besides Sangath, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, of Sulabh International has been awarded.
Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India said, “public health is key to improving people’s health. The individuals and organizations who toil hard to bring about impact, innovative and sustainable changes in this field are often unsung heroes. These awards are our attempt to bridge this gap and recognize the talented individuals and organizations in public health. We do hope that the Public Health Champions awards will encourage others to emulate them.”[TOI]