The history of psychiatry in India will not be complete without mentioning Dr Sarada Menon’s contributions. One of India’s most distinguished specialists in psychiatry, Dr Sarada has been honoured with many awards including the Padmabhushan, four lifetime achievement awards and the recent Tamil Nadu Government’s Avvaiyar Award.
“A lot is being done to improve the condition of the patients, especially those living with the acute stage of illness”, said Dr. Sarada as she emphasised on the treatment of mentally ill in India. “It is of utmost importance to see that the patient’s mental state is restored to his or her original state, so that they can live a fruitful and normal life within their family and society”, observed Dr. Sarada Menon, while receiving the Mother Teresa Award 2016 from Dr. M. S. Swaminathan at a function organized by Indian Development Foundation at MSSRF, Taramani, Chennai on 25th October 2016.
The nonagenarian founder of SCARF — Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Dr. Sarada Menon expressed immense pleasure to receive an honour in the name of Mother Teresa, who set a sterling example for serving the sick and the needy. The efforts of Indian Development Foundation in enlisting people’s participation and support for national health and development programmes are noteworthy’ she added.
Dr. Sarada Menon was conferred with the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2016 for her signal contribution to mental health and relentless rehabilitation services to the schizophrenics.
Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Emeritus Chairman and Chief Mentor of M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation paid glowing tributes to Dr. Sarada Menon for her historic contributions to mental health and rehabilitation work for the schizophrenics in India. Dr. Sarada Menon’s great initiatives will strengthen India’s efforts towards care and welfare of the mentally ill, he observed.
Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, founder President of Indian Development Foundation said that IDF has been working for the improvement of health, education of the deprived children and empowerment of women, belonging to lower economic strata. “In the course of our varied activities in the social field, it has also been our resolve to locate gems of human beings who have outlived the dimensions of normal life and served humanity all through their lives” he added. Dr. Pillai said IDF has been bestowing Mother Teresa Memorial Award on personalities who have been the change-makers of India. Earlier recipients of the Mother Teresa Award are : Dr. M.S.Swaminathan (2010), Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy (2011), Shri D. R. Mehta (Jaipur foot) (2012), Dr. V. Shanta (2013), Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (2014) and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan (ISRO) (2015).
Dr. V. Shanta (Chairperson, Adyar Cancer Institute), Dr. Raja Samuel, (Principal & Secretary, Madras School of Social Work), Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, (Senior Nuclear Scientist & ex-BARC), Dr. Ambika Kameshwar (Founder, RASA), Mr. B. S. Raghavan (Former Policy Adviser to the UN-FAO) and Ms. Shiloh Jessie Francisca, IDF Social Ambassador spoke in appreciation of Dr. Sarada Menon and did the felicitation.
Earlier Dr. S. Franklin, Chief Executive, IDF welcomed the dignitaries while Mrs. R. Rajammal, IDF Social Ambassador proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. Narayan Iyer, CEO, IDF co-ordinated the flow of the event.
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