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B'desh doctor wins UN Population Award

Dr H Akhter will receive the award on June 7 at the United Nations, New York.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 12:08 IST

A pioneering family planning doctor from Bangladesh and a major reproductive health foundation in Haiti have won this year's United Nations Population Award.

Dr Halida Hanum Akhter is the Director-General of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, one of the world's oldest Planned Parenthood affiliates.

She also chairs the Board of Directors of the Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health.

In 1986, she founded the Bangladesh Institute of Research for Promotion of Essential and Reproductive Health and Technologies.

Haitian NGO, Foundation pour la Sante Reproductiveel Education Familiale has also won the award.

Formed in 1988, it provides reproductive health care for more than 1.2 million people through a network of 26 centres.

The Foundation has provided basic training on reproductive health to 500 teachers and 6,500 young workers, and created a network of 30,000 young volunteers who disseminate information on reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS.

The award goes each year to individuals and institutions for their outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.

The winners were chosen from 27 nominees, including top-level policy makers, researchers and health workers from around the world by a committee consisting of 10 UN Member States.

Each winner will receive a diploma, a gold medal and an equal share of a monetary prize.

The awards will be presented on June 7 at the United Nations, New York.