The Annemarie Madison International AIDS Award 2002 has been presented to Dr Pushpa Bhatta, chief of Patenshaft Nepal, an international non-governmental organisation which has been providing free health care services to sex-workers and people infected with HIV/AIDS in Nepal and bringing up their children and providing for their education.
The award which carries a purse of 5,000 euros and a commendation letter is given every two years to individuals or institutions making significant contribution in the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs.
It is learnt that Dr Bhatta has been given the award in recognition to the special contribution made in the field of HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and control by providing free health care services and counseling services through Patenshaft Nepal to some 2,000 former sex workers and 57 persons infected with HIV/AIDS and the care and providing for the care and education to their 32 children.
This is the first time that Nepal has been given the award instituted by the German-American woman Annemarie Madison who has been working in publicity works relating to HIV/AIDS prevention and control since the past 20 years in Germany and the USA.
The award was presented by Annemarie Madison to Christa Brunswicker, director of Patenshaft Nepal, and through her to Dr Bhatta, at a programme organised in Germany recently.