Social Transformation through Health: The inspiring success story of Dr Hedgewar Rugnalaya
ORF Mumbai organised a talk on 'Social Transformation through Health' - The inspiring success story of Dr Hedgewar Rugnalaya"*, by Dr. Anant Pandhare on Thursday, 14th June 2012.
Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan's Hedgewar Rugnalaya (hospital) in Aurangabad, was set up in 1989 as a 10-bed hospital, by a group of service-minded medical professionals. The hospital today has grown into a 156-bed multi-speciality hospital, with a team of 50 doctors, five operation theatres, a pathology lab that is National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited, and one of Asia's best blood bank with over one lakh donors on its register. By agreeing to a fixed and modest salary, and upholding the ideals of simple living, service, dedication, honesty and team-work, the doctors who lead this movement, have contributed to the reputation of this hospital as a reliable centre for affordable and quality healthcare.
Hedgewar Rugnalaya's mission to provide affordable healthcare has grown into a movement for "social transformation through health" encompassing curative healthcare, and promotive healthcare, particularly in slums and rural areas, through health, education and empowerment. Through the ameliorative effects of good health, the ill effects of poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, loss of opportunity and emotional weakness is sought to be dispelled.