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Feature BMJ Awards South Asia 2017

Who won in the BMJ Awards South Asia 2017?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 24 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5475
  1. Jeetha D’Silva, freelance journalist
  1. New Delhi, India
  1. j.dsilva{at}

At last, the finalists have presented their work and the jury has chosen the winners. Jeetha D’Silva reports from the glitzy New Delhi awards ceremony

All roads in New Delhi led to Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel last weekend, where the best of South Asian healthcare gathered to honour the winners of the BMJ Awards South Asia 2017. The two day event, which culminated in a glitzy award ceremony, was packed with action for the finalists, jury members, and other invitees.

The awards honoured two icons of South Asian healthcare—Zulfiqar Bhutta, from Aga Khan University in Karachi, and Samiran Nundy, from the Ganga Ram Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research in New Delhi—who were joint winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Health in South Asia award.

Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, said, “We had the hard task of shortlisting 30 finalists and eventually selecting 13 winners in 10 different categories. The work done by all of them is of the highest standard, innovative in approach, and will make a positive impact on the lives of many people.”

Eight South Asian countries

The finalists were drawn from 2015 nominations submitted from eight South Asian countries—Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.1 The day before the ceremony, the finalists presented their work to a jury representing the who’s who of the medical profession in the region and senior editors of The BMJ.

“The BMJ Awards provided a great opportunity to interact with this diverse group of people, all of whom are making a big difference in their fields,” said Sonal Asthana, senior consultant at the Aster CMI Hospital in Bangalore, and winner of the Excellence in Medical Education award.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey, minister of state at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the government of India, …

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