The Global Health Council in Washington, D.C., awarded to Dorothy Granada, a nurse and community organizer who is supported by a number of Episcopal churches and organizations, the "Best Practices in Global Health Award" on May 31.
The award went to Granada and the Maria Luisa Ortiz Cooperative in Nicaragua which Granada founded two decades ago in Mulukuku, Nicaragua.
"This tremendous honor recognizes the work of the clinic in empowering local women, in saving lives and for addressing the issues of violence and poverty as integral to providing health care," wrote Connie Adler, MD, president of Women's Empowerment Network, of Olympia, Washington, in her announcement of the award to other supporters of Granada's work.
Granada, an internationally known health promoter and human rights activist, serves as director of the women's health clinic in Mulukukú. She is the 1997 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize as well.
The award from the Global Health Council is given "to celebrate … the efforts of a public health practitioner of organization dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and to recognize the programs that effectively demonstrate the link between health, poverty and development."
In her acceptance speech, Granada said: "We listen to the people we serve with our hearts and minds and try to respond with appropriate actions. We believe that health is a human right. We believe that women should have control over their bodies and live without violence. Our work is to accompany these women and, with the best of our combined efforts, to help them move toward their potential as human beings."