Professor Ajay Rane, with his medal, which is crafted with Mahatma Gandhi’s image. Photo: Ian Hitchcock
Below is a media release courtesy of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service:
26 October 2016
Townsville Hospital director of urogynaecology Professor Ajay Rane has been awarded a global humanitarian award, named in honour of India’s most revered statesman, for his work in gynaecological and obstetric care in some of the world’s poorest places.
Professor Rane was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award for Humanitarian Work in Women’s Health by the NRI (non-resident Indians) Welfare Society at Britain’s House of Lords last month.
The society recognises a number of non-resident Indians each year for their work benefitting the global community.
“I was absolutely delighted, of course, to be a recipient this year and, especially, because this is an award from India, my country of origin,” Professor Rane said.
“While it’s always a thrill to see your work recognised, it’s more important to me that this sort of recognition helps to highlight the plight of women in crisis worldwide.”
Professor Rane, who is a naturalised Australian, has spent almost two decades treating and operating on women with catastrophic childbirth injuries in countries that include India, Nepal, Borneo, Malaysia and Kuwait.
He has also trained hundreds of local doctors in the techniques to perform specialised gynaecological surgery including fistula repair.
A fistula is a hole that develops between the bladder or bowel and the vagina after a difficult childbirth and is a debilitating and devastating condition, especially if left untreated as it often is in the poorest parts of the world.
Earlier this year, Professor Rane was appointed appointed Chair of the Fistula Committee for the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FIGO) and is leading the charge for fistula education and prevention in the developing world.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service executive director medical services Dr Andrew Johnson congratulated Professor Rane on the prestigious award.
“Professor Rane continues to shine a light on the critical dilemma of women globally who suffer serious injuries from child birth,” he said.
“He is a leading academic and surgeon and we are very privileged and proud to benefit from his clinical and teaching acumen and expertise.”
Professor Rane’s award was presented by the Baroness Verma, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for International Development.
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