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NIMHANS Bengaluru receives Nelson Mandela Award for health promotion

The National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru has been honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion for 2024 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Established by WHO in 2019, the Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion acknowledges individuals, institutions, and organizations that have made significant contributions to health promotion. This year, NIMHANS was recognized for its exceptional work in mental health.

Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated NIMHANS, calling the award “a recognition of India’s efforts in inclusive healthcare.” Union Health Secretary Apurva Chandra also expressed his joy at the recognition, praising NIMHANS for its pioneering work in mental health.

Dr. Pratima Murthy, Director of NIMHANS, expressed immense pride in receiving the award. She emphasized that the award validates the institute’s ongoing mission to promote mental health and well-being, making a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve.

NIMHANS has been a leader in mental health and neurosciences, noted for its innovative research, education, and patient care. The institute has implemented forward-thinking mental health programs that cater to diverse populations. It has integrated mental health care into general health care, developed community-based strategies, and pioneered digital health interventions, gaining global recognition for its efforts.

The award comes at a significant time as NIMHANS celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of its predecessor, the All India Institute of Mental Health (AIIMH). This dual milestone highlights the institute’s rich legacy and continuous evolution in mental health and neurosciences.

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