The Shorapur Maternal Obstetric Monitoring program of Narayana Health Limited Bangalore, where Sister Jessie Saldanha works as its project manager has won the “International Hospital Federation/Bionexo Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility” in the category of the most outstanding project of 2017 on Nov. 8 at the 41st World Hospital Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. This Shorapur MOM project was selected as the best from 131 entries from 90 organizations from 24 countries vying for the awards. It is a recognition of excellence, innovations and outstanding achievements in global healthcare leadership and management for Corporate Social Responsibility category.

On behalf of Narayana Health Ltd, Dr. Anupama Shetty and Sister Jessie received this award at the 41st World Hospital Congress, held by the International Hospital Federation in Taipei, Taiwan on Nov. 6, 2017.

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international non-profit, non-governmental membership organization, established in 1929. With its Headquarters in Geneva, the IHF is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland.

The World Hospital Congress of IHF is a unique global forum that brings together leaders of national and international hospital and health care organizations, key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery. The 41st World Hospital Congress in Taipei was an overwhelming success, attracting more than 800 delegates, speakers and sponsors from 48 countries and provided great intellectual and social interaction for the participants.

The Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility is conferred for demonstrating outstanding achievements in reducing inequalities in healthcare service delivery to the community, promoting volunteer contribution to community care and advancing healthcare in developing regions. It is the first such international award received by Narayana Health Ltd for the CSR.

The second surprise award for Sister Jessie came from the diocese of Gulburga on 12th November at a special function on the sidelines of the annual pilgrimage at Bidar-Bhalki Pilgrimage center. A certificate and memento of appreciation were conferred to her by the Bishop of Gulbarga most Reverend Robert Michael Miranda & in the presence of many dignitaries of the diocese to express gratitude for the outstanding work in the field of social service.

She was also felicitated at Our Lady of Rosary Church, Shorapur by the local deanery for her selfless service to the pregnant mothers of the entire Shorapur Taluka for the reduction of maternal deaths, for the free service to every pregnant mother including blood transfusion and USG scanning & addressing all the maternal issues pertaining to pregnant mothers.

Sister Jessie is very grateful to the SCN congregation and both the Provinces and Narayan Health Limited for believing and supporting her this Nobel endeavor to save mothers through this Maternal Obstetric Monitoring program at Shorapur in Yadagiri District of North Karnataka-India.

Every year the Diocese of Gulbarga, during the Annual Jathra Mahaotsava of (Feast of the Infant Jesus Shrine of Bhalki) honors two persons who have contributed to the poorest of the poor people of the society through their service. This tradition began from 1998 onward. In the last 19 years around 38 people from Bidar, Gulbarga and Bijapur district is been honored without making any discrimination of caste, creed, and religion.

Therefore this award was specially called as “Vishesha Seva Prashasthi” Vishesha means ‘Special’. Seva means Service. And Prashasthi means ‘Award’. This year for this award Sister Jessie Saldanha from Shorapur Taluka of Yadagir District was honored for her immense selfless service to the health of the pregnant Mothers of the whole Taluka of Shorapur.

As a religious how one can go out of the framework and can make a difference and preach the good news through the special services and commitment were highlighted. Her services were also considered as a model for many religious people to replicate.

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