On May 22, 2022, the WHO Director-General (Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) has announced the Global Health leaders Award.
Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to advancing global health, demonstrated leadership and commitment to regional health issues.
ASHA workers (India) won the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2022 Global Leaders Award.
ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist Workers)
Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) is a trained female community health activist.
ASHA (which means hope in Hindi) are the more than 1 million female volunteers in India.
They are 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.
They also 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.
ASHA workers were instituted as community-based health functionaries under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched in 2005.