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New Delhi:Hanumappa Sudarshan, founder of Karuna Trust, which works to transform badly run government primary health centres into professional providers of healthcare services, was on Tuesday presented the Indian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 award by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The award is run by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of World Economic Forum (WEF) and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. More than 700 participants from 45 countries attended the award ceremony in New Delhi.

“Karuna Trust is transforming dysfunctional government primary healthcare centres (PHCs) into professional hubs of ‘last-mile’ healthcare service delivery. It works through a public-private partnership model: the government invests in upgrading infrastructure and improving the efficiency of the PHCs; Karuna Trust brings healthcare management systems and disruptive health innovations; and village health councils hold PHCs accountable for reporting higher health outcomes and functioning as zero-corruption zones," the WEF said.

Karuna Trust has served more than 1 million patients and reported health outcomes that are among the highest in India.

More than 180 applicants entered the 10th annual India Social Entrepreneur of the Year selection process. The two other finalists this year were Yogendra Bhushan from Bodh Shiksha Samiti and Matthew Spacie from Magic Bus.

“All three entrepreneurs are leading initiatives that seek fundamental changes in delivery systems and demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration and co-creation with the community and other stakeholders. We hope these entrepreneurs and their work will serve as an inspiration to many more social innovators, especially among the country’s youth," said Hilde Schwab, chairperson and co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The winner will be invited to join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of more than 250 social innovators.

This year’s judges were Shobhana Bhartia, chairperson and editorial director, HT Media Ltd, and a co-chair of 2014 India Economic Summit; Neelam Chhiber, managing director, Industree Crafts Foundation; Harish Hande, managing director, SELCO Solar Light; Sunil K. Munjal, joint managing director, Hero MotoCorp Ltd; Rohini Nilekani, chairperson, Arghyam Foundation; Sudha Pillai, member secretary of Planning Commission; Hilde Schwab, chairperson and co-founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship; Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV Software Communications; and Chetna Vijay Sinha, founder of Mann Deshi Foundation and winner of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

Jubilant Bhartia Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007 by Jubilant Bhartia Group. The promoters of HT Media Ltd, which publishes Hindustan Times and Mint, and Jubilant Bhartia Group are closely related. There are no promoter crossholdings.

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