The District 1120 VTT ‘Calmed’ has just been recognised by the award of the Times Sternberg Active Life Award for 2015 to its leader and founder, PDG Dr Himansu Basu.
The award recognises the achievements of outstanding individuals who have changed the life of those around them by their selfless work for humanitarian causes.
In this case, Himansu had developed the innovative programme, initiated partnership with a number of organisations and led two continuing VTT medical missions to deprived parts of India where maternal death rates were very high. They worked through a training the trainer cascade to increase the workforce of professionals experienced in the emergency care of pregnant women. They have achieved their goal of substantial reduction of maternal mortality.
But before my pen was dry with this information, we have received further news of the award of another honour to this tireless group – Himansu has been awarded recognition from Rotary International in GBI in the form of the award to him of the ‘Champions of Change Award for 2015-16’, for “outstanding volunteer work”.
Himansu and the VTT members are not resting on their laurels – they are pressing on with this important work with a third VTT trip, this time to Madhya Pradesh in Central India – another maternal death hotspot. The new team of 6 or seven Obstetricians / Gynaecologists will be travelling to the state of Madhya Pradesh in September 2016 to impart their knowledge to the local medical community, again to cascade its effects right down to make a difference at village level.
Terry Kinsman, VTT (Madhya Pradesh) Blog Correspondent