Buddhist Monk Receives Shafiq George Hatem Award for Leprosy Treatment in China

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Venerable Sheng Hui Receives His Shafiq George Hatem Award

Original Chinese Language Article By: http://bodhi.takungpao.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Translator’s Note: In this era that sees Western, pro-Israeli, capitalist governments pursue a continued Cold War-eque, racially motivated, negative propaganda campaign against the People’s Republic of China (planting false news stories throughout the Western media about jobs be taken, countries being invaded, honey being poisoned, pets being poisoned (or eaten), Chinese people being ‘racist’ and Chinese Communism either being a failure, or a distortion), it is interesting to see how the Chinese people respect and idolise a Lebanese doctor, born in America, who selflessly shared his medical knowledge for free amongst the poor and down-trodden ordinary people of China.  ACW 15.3.2016

On January 21st, 2016, in Hunan province, the following officials presented the prestigious Shafiq George Hatem Award for leprosy treatment and prevention:

1) Chen Yan (陈焱) – Director of the Disease Control Planning Committee.

2) Tang Qingbo (汤清波) – Secretary of the Provincial Disease Prevention and Control Centre – Discipline Inspection Commission.

3) Kuang Yanfei (旷燕飞) – Branch Section Chief of the Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Leprosy Prevention.

The prestigious Shafiq George Hatem Award for leprosy treatment and prevention was granted to the Buddhist Lushan Temple (麓山寺 – Lu Shan Si) in Changsha.  The Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China, and Head Monk of the Lushan Temple – the Great Monk Sheng Hui (圣辉大和尚 – Sheng Hui Da He Shang) received the award on behalf of the temple.  The Director of the Shafiq George Hatem Foundation – Madam Zhang Su Fei (长苏菲) – personally over-saw the process of the inscribing of the official award certificate and document to be presented to the Ven, Sheng Hui.  It was revealed that over the years, the Ven. Sheng Hui, as part of his selfless charity work, regularly visited the leper villages located in Hunan province, and carried-out vital treatment and care work.  During the award ceremony, it was confirmed that Ven. Sheng Hui had dedicated a significant part of his life to carrying-out crucial and important life-saving work for people suffering from leprosy.

Not only is the Ven. Sheng Hui one of only ten recipients of the 2016 Shafiq George Hatem Award, but he is also the only representative of the Buddhist community.  The Shafiq George Hatem Award was established in 1990 by the Ministry of Health, with assistance from the leprosy control industry awards, and is issued once a year.

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Shafiq George Hatem with Chairman Mao

The person named Shafiq George Hatem (26.9.1918 – 3.10.1988) was originally born in Buffalo, New York, but was actually of Lebanese extraction.  He was an Arab International Communist revolutionary, and a fully trained medical doctor who specialised in venereal disease and leprosy.  Shafiq George Hatem was the first foreigner to join the Communist Party of China, and after Liberation he was the first foreigner to apply for, and be granted full Chinese nationality.  Prior to this, he was the first foreigner to join the Chinese Workers and Peasants Red Army, the Red Army, the Eighth Route Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  He is the only known foreigner to have experienced all four periods of the following Chinese revolutionary historical eras; the Agrarian Revolution, the Sino-Japanese War, the War of Liberation, and the Socialist Re-construction Period.  As an excellent internationalist member of the Communist Party of China, he was not only a committed revolutionary fighter, but was also a prominent diplomat amongst the ordinary people.  He made life better for hundreds and thousands of people suffering from leprosy in China, and brought hope to millions of families whilst practising as a highly effective medical doctor.

Shafiq George Hatem was a medical doctor from the USA, but his revolutionary spirit and willingness to help the ordinary people of China won him the undying admiration of the masses, for selflessly participating in the Socialist Revolution and Reconstruction.  Shafiq George Hatem spent a full 55 years of his life in China dedicated to assisting the Chinese people, and there are many touching and inspiring stories involving his experiences throughout this time.  Shafiq George Hatem is seen as a Hero of the People in China and his selfless example will never be forgotten.  His presence in China positively affected an entire generation…

In 2009, it was the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of New China and Shafiq George Hatem was declared one of the top ‘100 people who had extensively influenced the development on New China since its Founding’.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

http://bodhi.takungpao.com/topnews/2016-01/3271210.html

圣辉大和尚荣获我国麻风病防治领域最高奖“马海德奖”

2016年1于21日上午,湖南省卫计委疾控处处长陈焱,省疾病预防控制中心纪委书记汤清波,省疾病预防控制中心麻风病防治科科长旷燕飞一行到长沙麓山寺将马海德基金会颁发的我国麻风病防治领域最高奖项“马海德奖”转交给中国麻风防治协会名誉会长、中国佛教协会副会长、湖南省佛教协会会长、长沙麓山寺方丈圣辉大和尚。

同时,马海德夫人、马海德基金会理事长苏菲女士委托将亲自题字的书籍赠送圣辉大和尚。这也是对圣辉大和尚多年来致力于麻风慈善事业,亲自奔赴湖南的各个麻风村看望麻风病患者,呼呼社会各界人士关爱麻风病人,为麻风防治工作作出巨大贡献的肯定

圣辉大和尚成为2016年度“马海德奖”全国10位获奖者之一,也是佛教界唯一一位获奖者。

马海德奖是马海德基金会在国家卫生部支持下设立的麻风防治行业奖 ,该奖项自1990年设立至今,每年评选一次。

马海德(1910年9月26日-1988年10月3日)原名乔治•海德姆,出生于美国纽约州布法罗市,祖籍黎巴嫩,阿拉伯裔,国际共产主义战士,医生,性病、麻风病专家

马海德是第一位加入中国共产党的外国人,也是新中国成立后第一位加入中国籍的外国人。

在西方人士中,他是第一个参加中国工农红军的人;是唯一参加过红军、八路军、解放军的人;是唯一经历过土地革命、抗日战争、解放战争和社会主义建设这四个中国革命历史时期的人。

作为一个优秀的中国共产党党员,马海德不但是一位真正的国际主义战士,一位杰出的民间外交家,更是一位改变了中国数十万麻风病人以及数百万麻风病人家属命运的伟大医生……

马海德(乔治•海德姆)一个年轻的美国医学博士,在中国整整度过了五十五个春秋,他将自己的全部智慧和精力奉献给了中国人民的解放事业和建设事业,赢得了人们的深深钦佩。他生前许许多多感人的事迹,使人永远难以忘怀。他的故事感染了一代又一代人……

2009年,新中国成立六十周年,马海德被评为“一百位新中国成立以来感动中国人物”。

 

 

 

 

 

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