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Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte have been working for last 45 years on health issues of tribal people in the jungles of Hemalkasa in Gadchiroli district. This was done under the umbrella of the organization called LBP (Lok Biradari Prakalp). Their son, Dr. Digant Amte and daughter in law Dr. Anagha Amte have now devoted themselves to continue the selfless hard work of their parents.
ICA (Indians for Collective Action) been working with LBP for many years in different capacities such as project support and Youth ambassador. ICA honored Dr Prakash Amte and Dr. Mandakini Amte with ICA Social Innovation Award at the 21st ICA Annual Awards Banquet in October, 2015.
In the first week of April 2017, LBP was selected for the public health champion award by WHO (world Health Organization). Dr. Digant and Dr Anagha received the award in New Delhi on behalf of all the volunteers who worked hard to achieve this great recognition.
The award is given for the best organization working in the field of Public health for at least ten years. WHO administrators admired the extensive healthcare work of LBP including Hospital based facilities and community based health centers in remote jungles of Hemalkasa in the state of Maharashtra in India.
Dr. Digant and Dr. Anagha seen with Dr. Henk Bekdem of WHO at the WHO award ceremony
Millions of visually impaired people in India may benefit from free, open-source software for Android devices that converts electronic text written in Indian languages into messages they can hear.
The text-to-speech (TTS) software, developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with the Hear2Read project, can now be downloaded free of charge from Google Play. Tamil is the first language offered, with subsequent releases of seven major languages — Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi and Telugu — expected over the remainder of the year.
Four out of five people in India speak one of those eight languages. India has 22 official languages in all. More than 62 million Indians are visually impaired. “We’re looking to create speech output for as many languages as possible”, said Suresh Bazaj, a serial entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay area and founder of Hear2Read. >> Read more >>
After the massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, which killed nearly 8,000 people and destroyed 300,000 dwellings, people needed to start rebuilding their lives. There was a dire need to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets, as well as restore lost livelihoods and rebuilding of houses with earthquake resistant technology. ICA joined hands with International Development Exchange (IDEX), a big team of whose volunteers worked in Nepal on the field. Read more at: http://www.idex.org/.