On 19th 2023, the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2022 was jointly awarded to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) as representatives of the Covid warriors in the country.
Indira Gandhi Award, 2022 to IMA and TNAI:
- Former Vice President M Hamid Ansari presented the award to Indian Medical Association President Sharad Kumar Agarwal and Trained Nurses Association of India President Roy K George.
- According to Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, this award has been given to every doctor, nurse, paramedic and worker for their selfless service, unwavering dedication and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize:
- Established: 1986 (Established by ‘Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust’ in memory of the former Prime Minister).
- In this award, along with a citation, a monetary amount of Rs 25 lakh is also given as a reward.
- This award is given to those individuals or organizations who work to ensure international peace and development.
- The prize ensures that scientific discoveries are used to advance the realms of freedom and well-being of humanity and to create a new international economic order.
Indian Medical Association (IMA):
- IMA is the largest representative organization of doctors of the modern system of medicine in India which looks after the interests of doctors as well as the welfare of the community at large.
- IMA has a membership of 3.5 lakh doctors spread across all state branches, Union Territory branches and 1702 local branches in almost all the districts of India.
- There were doctors' associations in some places in India in the pre-independence era. But after independence, in a conference of doctors, it was discussed that the associations of all these doctors should continue to work under one association.
- In the year 1928, the Indian Medical Association was named and since then the Indian Medical Association has come a long way and made significant contributions during the freedom struggle.
Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI):
- TNAI is the national association representing professionals in nursing across various levels. It was founded in 1908 and was initially known as the Nursing Superintendents Association.
- The Government of India acknowledged TNAI as a service organization in 1950. Equal recognition by all State Governments has been an asset in promoting its objectives.
Objectives of TNAI Establishment:
- To respect the dignity and respect of the nursing profession,
- To foster a spirit of spirit among all nurses,
- To advance the professional, educational, economic and general welfare of nurses.
Function of TNAI:
- To formulate standards of nursing education and implement the same through appropriate channels.
- Setting benchmarks and qualifications for nursing practice establishment.
- To determine standards of nursing service and enforce these through appropriate channels.
- Establishing a code of ethical conduct for physicians.
- To encourage and promote research designed to enhance
- To encourage and promote research designed to increase knowledge for evidence-based nursing practice.
- To make provision for continuing professional development of physicians.
- To promote legislation and speak for nurses regarding legislative action.
- Promoting and safeguarding the economic well-being of nurses.
- Offering professional counseling and placement services for nurses.