|The friends of the disabled is a local organization which is responsible for running HRDC, and it has been headed from the outset by Dr. Ashok K. Banskota. Under his leadership, the hospital has developed from its humble beginnings to a tertiary level hospital with amazing capabilities in therapies. These accomplishments have only recently been recognized by the "World of Children Award", who have honored Dr. Ashok K. Banskota at a function in New York last November as their 2011 Health Honoree. Their citation reads
"Dr. Ashok Banskota, Age 63, Kathmandu, Nepal |Founder, Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children
Dr. Ashok Banskota has dedicated a lifetime of service to Nepal's most disadvantaged children, spending the past several decades volunteering his time and talents to provide more than 43,000 poor, disabled children with life changing medical care. After training and earning his board certification in New York, Dr. Banskota returned to Nepal and was shocked by his country's lack of medical resources for the poor in 1984, Dr. Banskota started a small program to help poor children with disabilities and has since grown it into what is now the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children, a world class center that provides surgery and rehabilitation for disabled Nepalese children who would ortherwise be ostracized by society or even sold to circuses to live a short life of humiliation HRDC treats children under seventeen for issues ranging from club feet, to burns to tuberculosis of the spine.
The World of Children Award (www.worldofchildren.org) is the only global recognition and funding program for the people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children. Now a 14-year –old philanthropy dedicated to identifying and leveraging the efforts of those working on the ground to improve children's lives, the World of Children Award has recognized some of the most effective child advocates worldwide and provided funding and visibility for their efforts.
Hailed as the Nobel Prize for child Advocates, the World of Children Award program sets the Gold Standard for child advocates, recognizing only the finest life-changing programs serving vulnerable children. The World of Children Award has awarded more than $4.3 million in cash grants and program support to assist 90 changemakers for children working in over 100 countries".