Prestigious Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation Award for Kasturba Hospital, Manipal University

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Manipal, May 23: The Identification, Diagnosis, Education and Empowerment for Action (IDEEA) project for people with bleeding disorders initiated by Kasturba Hospital and Manipal University won the prestigious global award, “Novo Nordisk Haemophilia Foundation (NNHF) Project of the year award for 2014”.

Dr Annamma Kurien, President Manipal Haemophilia Society and Ms Sulochana, nurse coordinator, received the award on behalf of Manipal University, Kasturba Hospital and Manipal Haemophilia Society at the World Federation of Haemophilia – World Congress 2014 held in Melbourne, Australia from May 11 to 15, 2014,

IDEEA, Manipal project has consistently demonstrated all the key parameters required for the NNHF Project of the Year Award. The team brings innovation to its approach, acts with tremendous dedication, and the activities have shown tremendous impact on patients and access to care. It is the ambition of the project team to make Kasturba Hospital known as one of the top haemophilia treatment centres in India.

The experience of every member of the team and their commitment make them extraordinary ambassadors to other institutions and the NNHF as well. This project team does not simply bring care and education to the haemophilic patients they serve. They bring love. They laugh with them, cry with them – their entire hearts are in everything they do and it has led to outstanding results. The defining characteristic of this entire project is passion.

In their many educational programmes and Asha Kiran 2014 (Ray of Light) camps, they educate with passion. They help patients and their families to overcome social stigma if any. They teach physical therapy to protect joints and occupational therapy to promote self-reliance. They walk hand in hand with the families and patients in their care to give them the support they need. Once a child and their family come to the Kasturba Hospital treatment centre, they are never alone again.

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