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First India and now the world is saluting, WHO honored one million women ASHA volunteers


New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday honored one million women ASHA volunteers from India. This honor has been given to ASHA volunteers for their important role in providing health facilities in rural areas and in the campaign against corona virus epidemic in the country. The ASHA workers especially came into the limelight for conducting door-to-door investigations to trace patients during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in India.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the six awards on Sunday. These awards are given to advance global health, demonstrate leadership and commitment to regional health issues.

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At a time when the world is simultaneously facing inequality, conflict, food insecurity, the climate crisis and a pandemic, the award is for those who have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting health around the world.

Director General, WHO

Director General Ghebreyesus decided the winners for the Global Health Leaders Award. These awards were instituted in 2019 and the award ceremony was part of the high-level inaugural session of the 75th World Health Assembly.

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