The MiRA Centres director, Fakhra Salimi has today received the National Associations People’s Health Award for her longstanding work with immigrant and refugee women in Norway.

The National Association for People´s Health´s director, Professor M.D. John K. Kjekshus, pointed out during the award ceremony today Fakhra Salimi´s great contribution to immigrant and refugee women’s physical and mental health. The National Association for People’s Health says among other things that “Salimi helps to give minority women the opportunity to be heard and seen and to develop a social network. These are important aspects of democracy in our society, but also necessary notions to improve good health and prevent illnesses among women and their families”.

Fakhra Salimi is the first person with a background as an immigrant who has received this award. Ingrid Espelid Hovig, Anne Cath. Vestly, Grete Roede and Trond Viggo Torgersen are among previous award recipients. The award is made up of a diploma, a sculpture of artist Lise Amundsen and a travel grant.