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Gladys Staines, Bilquis Bano get Mother Teresa Memorial award

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The Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2015 was given away to philanthropists working in several areas of the country.

Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders, one of the awardees, is an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers medical aid in more than 70 countries. They have been working in India since 1999, providing specialist care for people affected by HIV AIDS, tuberculosis and malnutrition. Bilquis Bano, of Edhi Foundation, Lahore, who earned widespread fame for displaying rare compassion for a disabled Indian who strayed across the border, was another recipient. She took good care of Geeta, suffering from speech and hearing impairment for eight years before she returned home. “Geeta is like my daughter, this award is for her, as are the other awards I have received from India,” said Bano.

Gladys Staines, the widow of Graham Staines, who worked with leprosy patients in Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand, was also conferred the award.