Bombay Leprosy Project (BLP) holds the unique distinction of encouraging female field workers, to assist the routine and research activities over three decades. At one time when leprosy was a “vertical” program, before it was integrated with general health services, work under challenging field conditions were carried out by women workers who formed 40% of the trained para medical workers. They were taken as partners in research publications and deputed to attend conferences.
So far three female workers have been recognized with national awards. The latest one to be honored is Mrs Nanda Ajayan, the field supervisor who has been selected to receive the prestigious Prabhakarji Award by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF), Wardha the premier NGO which bestows honors on various category of workers for excellence in leprosy work.
Mrs Nanda will receive the award at a special function to be held in GMLF, Wardha . The honor consists of a cash price of Rs 5000/-, a Medallion and a Citation .
Mrs Sunanada Khot, currently the Field Officer and Mrs Girja Devikaran (who has since retired for personal reasons) are the two other field workers who have received the Gayatri Award of GMLF earlier.
This is the first time when three female para medical workers from the same leprosy institution have been recognized in such a manner.