Dr P.K. Gopal, chair of the National Forum India, and president of IDEA India received one of the highest ranking award of India, Padma Shri Award.
His dedication to ensure people affected by leprosy to live a dignified life is well known to those working in the field of leprosy, but thanks to the award and media attention, his work and his passion is more widely known to people in India.
The award ceremony took place on 22nd March 2012 at Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’s Palace) in Delhi, India. The award was presented to Dr Gopal by the President of India.
Dr Gopal has implemented many programmes with the support of Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation to improve the quality of lives of people affected by leprosy in India