The joint winners for the 2012 Dignity and Right to Health award of the ICMDA Leadership in Christian Health and Development Initiative went to Drs Isac & Vijila David and Dr. Saira Paulose of EHA.
The "Dignity and Right to Health Award" is an international award established to address health and development issues including HIV. The "Dignity and Right to Health Award" is an activity of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) Leadership in Christian Health and Development Initiative.
Drs Isac & Vijila David of Prem Jyoti Community Hospital have clearly demonstrated visionary and innovative leadership from the time they graduated as Family Physicians by stepping out in faith to take on a very difficult, yet rewarding role among a diminishing people group called Maltos in a very remote and neglected area in Jharkhand, India. On their exploration within the context of their call and vocation over fifteen years ago, they found the need to step in to change the course of life for these people.
Dr. Saira Paulose leads the SHALOM Delhi HIV/AIDS Unit of EHA. Dr. Saira through her quiet leadership has knit together a team which has significantly impacted many HIV-affected individuals and families, both directly, and also indirectly through training of other organizations for Home based care, and other HIV-related interventions (including clinical care).
Further details of these inspiring lives can be shared by visiting www.icmdahivinitiative.org.au
Parents and children gathered excitedly in the community of Baraparewa, in Raxaul town on September 24. They met to inaugurate the new Special Learning Center (known as Vikash Kendra) for children with disabilities in their community. Started in partnership with the CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation) program of Duncan Hospital, this Vikash Kendra center will help children with disabilities to learn basic skills particularly in the areas of communication and socializing with others. The program uses songs, games, stories and interactive learning to help the children develop their abilities. Whenever possible, the goal of the program is to help children with disabilities to integrate into the mainstream community school system. Three women from the community have been identified to take a lead in teaching the children in Vikash Kendra, with support from the CBR team. These women have already undergone preliminary training and are eager to start their new role with the program. We hope that this center will flourish and will be an example to other communities.