The WHO chief said that the ASHA volunteers have made remarkable contributions in the field of maternity services and immunization for children in rural areas of India, apart from doing remarkable work during the coronavirus pandemic.
One million women ASHA volunteers of India were honored by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday. He was given this honor for providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas of the country and for the important role played by them during the coronavirus pandemic.
Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHA volunteers are healthcare workers affiliated with the Indian government, who are the first point of contact in rural India. The names of many of these came into the discussion for identifying the patients of this epidemic by going door-to-door during the peak of the coronavirus global epidemic in the country.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced six awards on Sunday to recognize notable contributions to global health, enhancing, and demonstrating leadership and commitment to regional health issues. The ceremony was part of the inaugural session of the 75th World Health Assembly.
During this, Dr. Tedros said that ASHA volunteers have also done important work in the field of maternity service and vaccination for children. Apart from this, he has also made significant contributions to improving community healthcare in India, treatment for stress and TB and nutrition, cleanliness, and healthy living.
He said that at a time when the world is facing inequality, controversy, food insecurity, the climate crisis, and a global pandemic, this award recognizes the work of those who have made a difference in protecting and promoting health around the world. He said that this award is dedicated to selfless service.