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A note from Dr Pretesh about the disaster relief in Nepal

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Dear Dr Belani and Dr Jovita

Greetings from the Disaster Management Unit at St Johns! Thank you for your mails expressing support and solidarity with the affected in Nepal.

We are in constant touch with teams on the ground in Nepal doing ground level assessments to gauge when the situation is conducive to send teams in. Currently the infrastructure and connectivity is completely destroyed and teams going in are in complete disarray except govt teams. Also most teams are being sent back due to lack of coordination and infrastructure. Being an international situation we need to coordinate with the teams in place and the govt before going in. Also we need to send in teams to rural affected areas and not Katamandu.

CHAI and EHA and the YMCA of Nepal (who is a personal contact) are 3 agencies who are in touch with us updating us regarding the ground situation. One of our alumnus from the Batch of 2007 Dr Pravin who was on a holiday in Katmandu at the time of the disaster is at St Josephs College at Kathmandu currently contacted us for help and we have put him in touch with CHAI and he will be assisting them over the next few days. He will keep us posted.

In the meantime our teams of volunteers from St Johns are in readiness and standby waiting for further information before they can go in to further rural areas in Nepal.

We will keep you posted regarding our efforts and look forward to your continued support. Do disseminate this information to the others regarding the Disaster Management efforts of St Johns in Nepal.

Warm regards

Pretesh Kiran
Convener, Disaster Management Unit,
St Johns National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore

Dr Pretesh Kiran
Assistant Professor, Community Health
Joint Coordinator, Senior Citizen Health Service
Convener, Disaster Management Unit
Faculty, Medical Education
St Johns National Academy of Health Sciences
Bangalore - 570034
Tel - 9845272765
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Dr Priyanka Mathias awarded the Pope Paul Prize and medal in 2015

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  1. Pope Paul VI Prize and Medal”
    (Founded in 1965 by His Holiness Pope Paul V I, on the occasion of the Laying of the Corner Stone of the College Project, which His Holiness personally blessed, on December 3, 1964 at Bombay, during the 38th International Eucharistic Congress, of which the project is the Chief Memorial).
  2. Awarded for the best outgoing student from Saint Johns Medical College presented every year
  3. On March 7th 2015 Dr Priyanka Mathias  received this award

Dr Luis Barreto awarded the Life Sciences of Ontario Award

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Life Sciences of Ontario Award Recognizes Global Health Advisory Board Member Luis Barreto

Luis Barreto

Dr. Luis Barreto, member of the Global Health Advisory Board, accepted the Life Sciences of Ontario (LSO) Award for Community Service, at the 2015 LSO Annual Awards Gala Dinner in Toronto on February 25.

The LSO’s Community Service Award recognizes an individual who, in their career, has helped build the life sciences community in Ontario and strengthen its local and global reputation. The individual will have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the area of community service.

Dr. Luis Barreto is President of Dr. Luis Barreto & Associates, a consultancy firm specializing in vaccine development, immunization, science policy, global health and biotechnology. Currently, he is also the Special Advisor to the Vaccine Program, Human Health Therapeutics with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).

Dr. Barreto was formerly Vice-President of Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Vice-President of Immunization and Science Policy, and a member of the Senior Management Team at Sanofi Pasteur Canada, as well as a member of its Global Public Policy group. He spent more than 23 years in research and development, leading clinical trials, licensing and launching vaccines, working closely with Canadian and international investigators and policymakers, and helping to shape immunization policy in Canada and globally. Prior to joining Sanofi Pasteur Canada, he was the first Territorial Epidemiologist of the Northwest Territories.

In addition to his work in industry, Dr. Barreto’s professional and volunteer involvements have spanned all facets of the public health landscape, including academia, government, not-for-profit, and philanthropic/charitable spaces in Canada and internationally. In addition to his work with his consultancy firm and the NRC, Dr. Barreto is involved with many boards of directors and advisory panels in all these areas.

Dr. Barreto is a recipient of the BIOTECanada Community Service Award; the Research Canada Award of Distinction; the BioSciences Education Canada Meritorious Service Award; and the March of Dimes Canada Paul Martin Sr. Award.

He is married to wife Lorraine and they have two sons, Rohit and Rahul.

you can watch him  accept his award at the link below

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