Kailasa Sushruta Om Award - Padma Shri April 7, 2022
Affiliation at the time of award: Founder and President of the Voice of Lupus Foundation (VLF)
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Reeanna Harrilal is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a former broadcast journalist by profession. Her extensive media experience of 15 years spans newspaper, radio and television.
She is a best-selling author, patient advocate, NGO Leader and the recipient of the Hummingbird Gold Medal in the sphere of Community Service, Education and Empowerment for her role in fostering greaterawareness of Lupus in Trinidad and Tobago and providing support to hundreds of lupus patients through the Voice of Lupus Foundation (VLF) Lupus Learning Resource Center located in Pleasantville San Fernando.
Ms. Harrilal is the Founder and President of the Voice of Lupus Foundation (VLF), a registered NGO fiercely committed to improving the quality of lives for all people living with Lupus in Trinidad and Tobago since 2011. The VLF accomplishes this by investing in initiatives, hosting events, programs and planning campaigns that promote advocacy, awareness, public education and support for our patients.
Ms. Harrilal suffers from systemic lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, has bi-lateral hearing loss, and asthma. She has dedicated her entire life over the past 11 years to build public awareness and advocacy of Lupus through her internationally recognised charity.
As a champion of hope and a pillar of strength for all lupus patients, Reeanna has been featured in newspapers and magazines in Trinidad and Tobago, regionally and internationally including the Khaleej Times – Dubai's only English newspapers.
She travels the world as a Patient Leader Advocate and was awarded the National Youth Ally Award in 2015 for her extensive work in raising awareness and assisting low income patients through the foundation’s Hand of Hope.
In September 2016, she was also a finalist for an International Award by the WEGO Health Activist Committee for being an advocate for others.
Harrilal has endorsements from various Lupus organizations around the world including Great Britain, Europe, Australia and Canada.