Dr. VV Dongre and Prof. Guocheng Zhang bagged International Gandhi Award 2013
The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee presented the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 to Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Prof. Guocheng Zhang for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy to eradicate the disease through treatment, training and research at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
International Gandhi Award
- Instituted by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF) that was established in 1950 to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s service and scientific approach towards leprosy.
- GMLF introduced the International Gandhi Award in 1986.
- Recognizes the commendable contributions of individuals and institutions in ameliorating the quality of life of people afflicted with leprosy.
- The two awards are given every alternate year to individuals/institutions for making outstanding contribution in the field of leprosy.
Note: Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs.