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FW: This Year's Jonathan Mann Award Winners

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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    World health groups to honor two Kosovar doctors for human rights effort By Richard A. Knox, Globe Staff, 6/13/2000 r. Vyosa Dobruna says health care in
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2000
      World health groups to honor two Kosovar doctors for
      human rights effort

      By Richard A. Knox, Globe Staff, 6/13/2000

      r. Vyosa Dobruna says health care in war-ravaged
      Kosovo is vastly better than a year ago, when ethnic
      Albanian physicians practiced clandestinely and she
      narrowly escaped arrest in a predawn raid by Serbian

      But last Friday, the 45-year-old pediatrician could
      find no clotting medicine for a bleeding patient with
      hemophilia. Though she has access to common
      antibiotics and vaccines, there is no medicine to
      treat rampant tuberculosis or stop epileptic seizures.

      Meanwhile, Dobruna's ailing friend, Dr. Flora Brovina,
      50, languishes in a Serbian prison following her
      conviction last fall on terrorism charges. Her
      offense: providing medicine and knitting wool to women
      who were allegedly aiding members of the Kosovo
      Liberation Army.

      The two physicians are the recipients of the Jonathan
      Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights.

      The $20,000 award, to be presented in Washington
      tomorrow, is named for a former Harvard AIDS
      specialist who died with his wife, Mary Lou
      Clements-Mann of Johns Hopkins University, in the
      crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Nova Scotia in 1998.
      UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke is scheduled to give
      the keynote address at ceremony.

      Jonathan Mann, founder of the World Health
      Organization's Global Program on AIDS and later the
      Harvard AIDS Institute, was a pioneer in linking
      disease eradication with the promotion of human

      The Kosovar doctors are the second winners of the Mann
      Award. Last year, Jimmy Carter presented the first
      Mann Award to Dr. Cynthia Maung, who established a
      clinic on the Burma-Thai border to care for those
      fleeing the Burmese military.

      ''Doctors Brovina and Dobruna sacrificed their freedom
      and risked their lives for the sake of health and
      human rights, while the rest of the world waited,''
      Dr. Nils Daulaire, president of the Global Health
      Council, said in a statement released yesterday.

      The Global Health Council cosponsors the Mann Award
      with Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud and Doctors
      of the World. The three nongovernmental organizations
      promote health and human rights.

      Dobruna's selection for the award recognizes her work
      in setting up clinics for women and children who are
      victims of rape, torture, and psychological trauma,
      first in Kosovo and later in Macedonian refugee camps.
      She fled to Macedonia in April 1999.

      Her imprisoned colleague, Brovina, is a highly
      regarded poet who founded the League of Albanian Women
      of Kosovo, which organized protests against violence
      in the years leading up to the war between ethnic
      Albanians and Serbs.

      Brovina established a clinic and a shelter in Pristina
      to care for both Albanian and Serbian women and
      children. Serbian police arrested her in front of her
      clinic in April 1999. The Serbian government sentenced
      Brovina last November to 12 years in prison for
      ''terrorist acts against the state.''
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