Gro Brundtland Award winners honored in Tainan

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Gro Brundtland Award winners honored in Tainan

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) The five recipients of this year's Gro Brundtland Award were honored at a ceremony in Tainan Tuesday for their outstanding work in the field of public health and sustainable development.

The five winners are Barbara Burmen, a senior research officer at the Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research in Kenya; Natisha Dukhi, a research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa; Neha Dahiya, a senior resident doctor at India's Maulana Azad Medical College; Weena Gera, an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Cebu; and Sarva Mangala Praveena, an associate professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The award was established by former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, the winner of the first Tang Prize in sustainable development, to recognize distinguished female researchers in the field of public health and sustainable development.

In a ceremony at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), each of the five winners gave a brief speech on the topic of air pollution in Africa and Asia.

Brundtland, who presented the awards, praised the researchers for their contributions to society, stressing that air pollution is an environmental issue that needs to be tackled.

Expressing hope that such exchanges will have an impact on their career development, the Tang Prize laureate said she hopes to see their continued efforts in sustainable development and public health issues.

The Gro Brundtland Award requires that candidates be female, under 40 years old, citizens of a developing country or Taiwan, hold a research doctorate and carry out research related to public health or sustainable development.

The award ceremony marked the conclusion of the 2018 Gro Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development, which kicked off March 29 in Taipei.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and Ko Lin)

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