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NIMHANS receives WHO Nelson Mandela Award for health promotion

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 11-02-2024
NIMHANS receives WHO Nelson Mandela Award for health promotion Award and Honour 3 min read

National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has been awarded the 2024 Nelson Mandela Award (NMA) by the World Health Organization (WHO) for Health Promotion.

Awards for promoting mental health and well-being:

  • NIMHANS stated the award acknowledges its dedication and outstanding contribution to mental health and well-being. NIMHANS has been at the forefront of mental health and neuroscience.
  • NIMHANS supports innovative approaches to research, education and patient care.
  • This institute has been recognized for integrating mental health care into general health care. Globally recognized for community-based strategies and digital health innovations.

Award to NIMHANS on its 50th foundation year:

  • NIMHANS Director Dr. Pratima Murthy expressed pride in receiving the NMA on the institute's 50th anniversary. This award not only reflects our past and present achievements but also shares the purpose of establishing NIMHANS.

About Nelson Mandela Award (NMA):

  • The World Health Organization started giving the Nelson Mandela Award in the year 2019.
  • The NMA recognizes contributions in health promotion by individuals, institutions and organizations.

Nelson Mandela International Day:

  • Every year 18th July is celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day. On 18 July 2010, it was decided by the United Nation to celebrate it every year.  


  • It is a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic research in the cutting edge areas of mental health and neuroscience.
  • The mental asylum, established in the late 19th century, was renamed as Mental Hospital by the Mysore government in 1925.
  • This hospital and the All India Institute of Mental Health, established in 1954 by the Government of India, were merged on 27 December 1974. Thus the autonomous National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences was formed.
  • NIMHANS became a deemed university on November 14, 1994, with academic autonomy granted by the University Grants Commission.
  • In 2012, NIMHANS was granted the status of Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament.
  • The priority order adopted in the institute is service, manpower development and research.


Answer:- National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).

Answer:- NIMHANS has been awarded the Nelson Mandela Award 2024 for Health Promotion.

Answer:- World Health Organization (WHO)

Answer:- 18th July
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