Last night, British Tamil Dr Lalitha Iyer received “Woman of the Year” at the 21st annual Asian Achievers Awards, where leading South Asians from across the UK were honoured for their contribution to British society.
Dr Iyer is the Chief Medical Officer for NHS Frimley, as well as a Queen’s Award winner for inspirational voluntary work with ethnic communities.
She has over 25 years of hospital experience looking after women as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, followed by a career change as a GP. Lalitha was the leader of the COVID-19 national pilot in Slough, targeting the reduction of deaths in ethnic communities, followed by a national roll-out saving thousands of lives.
This combination of experience has made her acutely aware of the impact of language barriers, deprivation and cultural aspects on the health and well-being of women.
The event was hosted by Eastenders actor Nitin Ganatra alongside Pakistani Balu Mahi actress Ainy Jaffri Rahman, with more than 500 attendees from business, entertainment, and public service.