Prof. Mudnakudu Nandeesha, widely and affectionately known as \"Nandeesha,\" is a special officer at Tamil Nadu Fisheries University in India, 2012 recipient of the World Aquaculture Society fellow award, board chairman for the Indian Branch of the Asian Fisheries Society and Aquaculture without Frontiers, and member of GAA\\\'s Best Aquaculture Practices Standards Oversight Committee.
Nandeesha recently suffered a massive heart attack. Due to complications, he is now hospitalized in critical condition in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is on a heart/lung machine and dialysis, and may need a heart transplant. The cost of his ongoing treatment has surpassed the resources available to him and his family.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance, World Aquaculture Society, Aquaculture Without Frontiers and Asian Fisheries Society are therefore collecting monetary donations to assist Nandeesha.
To donate, please follow the link below to the WAS online store. Define your donation in the \"Quantity\" field under \"Item #NANDEESHA.\"
To donate by check, please make it payable to the World Aquaculture Society, include a note indicating it is for the Nandeesha fund and send via postal mail to:
Nandeesha Medical Assistance Fund
c/o World Aquaculture Society
143 J. M. Parker Coliseum
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
Nandeesha has three decades of experience in aquaculture teaching, research and development in India, Cambodia and Bangladesh, with nearly a decade at the grass-roots level on projects supported by OXFAM, CARE, FAO, World Bank, NACA and JICA.
Just weeks before his heart attack, he participated in a panel discussion on labor and social accountability during GAA’s GOAL 2012 conference in Thailand. Nandeesha was also acting as event chairman for the December 4-6 Aquatic Resources for Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition symposium in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, when his health failed.
Please consider making a donation to help Nandeesha get back to his passion for applying aquaculture to alleviate hunger and improve social conditions.