Drs Ramnik and Jyoti Parekh – Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo: Ramnik and Jyoti receive the award.

Last year we were delighted to feature Drs Ramnik and Jyoti Parekh of Mumbai, who had each taken out WONCA Life Direct Membership. We are even more delighted to announce that at the recent conference of AFPI (Academy of Family Physicians of India) Ramnik and Jyoti were awarded the first AFPI Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their enormous contribution to family medicine development in the South Asia Region. The award was made to the couple by the Union Health Minister of the Government of India, Mr JP Nadda.

AFPI has established this award, to be made annually, to acknowledge the contribution of senior family medicine leaders from India and the South Asia Region, and Ramnik and Jyoti were hailed as very worthy first winners.

But in turn Ramnik and Jyoti have displayed enormous generosity to young family doctors in the region. Firstly they have established an annual bursary of 100,000 Indian rupees, to enable young family doctors in the Spice Route Movement to attend regional conferences. They have followed this up by establishing a grant to pay for one young doctor leader, in each year that a suitable candidate is identified, to be given WONCA Life Direct Membership in recognition of their leadership in the region. The first recipient of this is Dr Sonia Mehra(Chery) who, with Ramnik, was instrumental in establishing the Spice Route Movement for South Asia young doctors in 2010. The second winner, for 2016, is Dr Raman Kumar, President of AFPI and the young doctor movement representative on the WONCA Executive.

We congratulate the two winners and thank Ramnik and Jyoti for these generous awards, which greatly help to motivate and recognise our young doctor leaders.

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