EngenderHealth Congratulates ASHA Workers for Winning the Global Health Leaders Award-2022


EngenderHealth congratulates and celebrates Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers, the public health drivers of India, for receiving the Global Health Leaders Award-2022 during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. On this occasion, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “At a time when the world is facing an unprecedented convergence of inequity, conflict, food insecurity, the climate crisis, and a pandemic, this award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to protecting and promoting health around the world. These awardees embody lifelong dedication, relentless advocacy, commitment to equity, and selfless service of humanity.”

EngenderHealth is proud of our collaboration with ASHAs and recognizes them as a cornerstone of community health in India. “The role of ASHAs in the public health system of India is critical,” said Traci L. Baird, president and CEO of EngenderHealth.  “I hope this award from the WHO will be motivating to ASHAs as they continue to contribute toward expanded reproductive and sexual health services and toward the Universal Health Coverage as envisioned by the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.”

Recalling the contributions of the country’s one million ASHAs during the first wave of COVID-19, EngenderHealth’s Country Representative for India Dr. Ajay Khera noted, “ASHAs did not stop their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, even amidst the stigma they faced in their family as well as in the community.”

Currently, under the USAID-funded MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics project and its Gender-integrated Response to Emerging COVID-19 Priorities in India initiative, EngenderHealth is supporting the psychosocial wellbeing of these community health workers in 25 districts of six states in India.

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