GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - To bring healthcare closer to the public, especially to those living at the bottom of the financial pyramid, the GNRC had launched the Affordable Health Mission (AHM) in 2017.
A community health worker receiving her award from singer Mahendra Hazarika during the 2nd Swasthya Mitra Excellence Awards organised by GNRC at GMCH auditorium in Guwahati on Sunday. – UB Photos
The mission has now spread to the corners of Assam and the region, thanks to the untiring efforts of the missionaries – ‘Swasthya Mitra’ (Friend of Health) – who now number over 2,500, and has touched the lives of more than 10 million individuals, stated a press release.
‘Swasthya Mitra’ is a unique and ambitious initiative of GNRC. They are community health workers who impart health education to the community and mentor them to apply these preventive health measures in their personal life, family life as well as in their community lives.
To recognise and honour their contribution to this immense achievement, GNRC today organised the Second ‘Swasthya Mitra’ Excellence Awards programme at the GMC Auditorium here, which was attended by over 1400 ‘Swasthya Mitras’.
A total of 83 ‘Swasthya Mitras’ received medals and certificates for their consistent performance. Prominent personalities Madhurima Choudhury, Mahendra Hazarika, Jina Rajkumari and Krishnamoni Chutia attended the event as guests of honour.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Nomal Chandra Borah, founder of GNRC and Affordable Health Mission, stated that fulfilling humanity’s pressing need for affordable health required a multi-dimensional effort encompassing educating various sections of society, continuous advocacy, concerted actions and societal collaboration, which was the reason for the launch of Affordable Health Mission.