ASHAs - awarded WHO Director-General’s Global Health Leaders Award-2022 at the 75th World Health Assembly.
ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist Workers)
ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist Workers) ASHA (which means hope in Hindi) are more than 1 million female volunteers in India, honored for their crucial role in linking the community with the health system, to ensure those living in rural poverty can access primary health care services, as shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASHAs worked to provide maternal care and immunization for children against vaccine-preventable diseases; community health care; treatment for hypertension and tuberculosis; and core areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation, and healthy living.
Announcing the awards, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned that “These awardees embody lifelong dedication, relentless advocacy, a commitment to equity, and selfless service of humanity.” (https://www.who.int/news/item/22-05-2022-who-director-general-announces-global-health-leaders-awards )
Keep it up ASHAs! ‘You make Indians safe and India proud’