Bihar Health Worker Chosen for Women in Focus Awards in Switzerland

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Geneva: Next week the inaugural Women in Focus Awards will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. The Awards celebrate the crucial role women play in the ongoing fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases and a health worker from Bihar State has made the final.

Sunita Devi, 53, has been named as a finalist in the INSPIRATIONAL AWARD category and is invited to the prestigious awards ceremony to find out if she has won. http://unitingtocombatntds.org/inspirational-award-2017

Sunita will be joining women from 11 countries across the globe on April 19 to applaud the tireless and vital role played by women on the front line tackling NTDs in their communities.

NTD SummitNTD SummitSunita is dedicated to the improving health services in India offering better immunization programs, polio eradication and morbidity management. She sees health awareness among school children as vital and actively participates in several school programs herself. Sunita is outspoken in favor of human rights, women's rights, and the reintegration of people affected by leprosy into their communities.

As 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration, the awards celebrate this milestone by shining a light on these inspirational women helping to control, eliminate and eradicate 10 neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Wendy Harrison, Chair of the Neglected Tropical Diseases NGDO Network (NNN), says: “The Women in Focus Awards shine a light on women from all over the world who are working in their local communities, making a remarkable impact on tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases. One in seven people on the planet suffer from these diseases. That’s more than the entire population of Europe. Every day women all around the world are making crucial contributions to help defeat them and this is our chance to celebrate and acknowledge their vital role. We were blown away by the standard of entries and delighted to be honoring this truly remarkable woman from Bihar State.”

Sunita comments: “I have strived to the utmost to achieve not only efficiency but also excellence in all the middle-level assignments that I have undertaken, but now my aim is to integrate people affected by lymphatic filariasis and leprosy back into main stream life and communities.”

The Women in Focus Awards form part of the NTD summit taking place in Geneva 19-22 April 2017. The overall winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on April 19.

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