Says Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year: "Andrea is a very worthy and inspirational recipient of this Women of the Year award. Riders for Health has improved access to regular health care for millions of people across Africa. Through sheer hard work and determination, she has translated her life-long passion as a motorcyclist into a successful award winning programme in sub-Saharan Africa."
In response to winning the award, Andrea says, "I cannot describe how it feels to be named one of the 'Women of the Year'. When I think of the many marvellous, brave, clever, stoical, women I meet in my work I realise just how lucky I am to be in a position to win this award. Women living in isolated, rural Africa are trapped by ill health, poverty and distance. They can never even dream that what they do will ever be seen let alone recognised. I am lucky. I have had that opportunity."
Andrea continues her work to give other women freedom from poverty and provide access to live-saving medical care.
Read more about Andrea's award here
This month, Shelly Batra, founder of Operation ASHA, was honored as a finalist of the 2013 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Operation ASHA delivers low-cost, high-quality tuberculosis treatment and detection services using a portable biometric patient identification system. Over the past 8 years, Operation ASHA has reached over 6 million patients in India and Cambodia, treating TB patients with a 90% success rate.
Read the press release here.