History: Inspired by the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, and equipped by their medical training in India, and subsequent training in public health and research at the Johns Hopkins University, the doctor couple Abhay and Rani Bang, founded Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) in 1986. SEARCH is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working in the poorest, semi-tribal district, Gadchiroli, in the state of Maharashtra, (India), 1000 km away from Mumbai.

Vision: SEARCH’s vision is ‘Aarogya-Swaraj’ which means ‘People’s Health in People’s Hands’, by empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health, and thereby, help them achieve freedom from disease as well as dependence

Mission: Mission of SEARCH is service, training, empowerment and research in health of the communities as expressed in its name.

Headquarters: Of SEARCH is ‘Shodhgram’, located 17 km from the district headquarters of the Gadchiroli district. The campus, spread over 47 Acres, is modeled over a mix of Gandhian Ashram, tribal village and modern facilities. It has more than 80 buildings including hospital, research center, training centers, training hostels, library, administrative offices, guest houses, tribal museum, community centers, mess cum dining facilities, residential facilities for 120 staff, solar plant, playground, organic farm and a small lake.

With a team of 150+ professionals and 150+ Community Health Workers, SEARCH has emerged as one of the most reputed and credible grass root service and research organization in India. SEARCH strives to make important breakthroughs to solve public health problems in India and around the world, over past 36 years by:

  1. 120-bed hospital providing health care to 55,000 patients annually from 2500 villages. Specialist OPDs, tele-consultation and subsidized surgery camps are also organized along with existing services to ensure enhanced health services for poor patients.
  2. Community health services in 125 villages.
  3. Home-based mother, newborn & child care in 88 villages.
  4. Prevention and deaddiction of alcohol and tobacco across 1400 villages of Gadchiroli district.
  5. Life skill and reproductive health education for youth and women across Maharashtra.
  6. Conducting rural health care research to improve rural health services and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy.
  7. Training of trainers from different parts of the country and abroad for implementation of the Home-based newborn care program. HBNC is India’s national policy implemented through 8 Lakh ASHA across the country.
  8. ‘NIRMAN’, the social leadership development program for youth across India.
  9. Mental health services to patients at hospital, block and village level.
  10. Tribal health services in 48 villages through community health workers.
  11. Mobile Medical Unit to provide diagnostic, preventive, curative, and referral services in tribal villages.
  12. Spine and Joint health care to reduce musculoskeletal pain, burden and disability in Gadchiroli.

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