Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan is a charitable trust registered in 1988, by few motivated doctors who came together to bring a social change through healthcare. They started Dr. Hedgewar Rugnalaya (Hospital) at Aurangabad in 1989 and since then it is running many social activities apart from excellent patient carethrough several network of hospitals, mobile clinic and Slum Health Centers. It has achieved high level of faith & love amongst poor people of Marathwada region. In addition to providing health services to more than 4.5 million patients at affordable rates, the trust also provides Holistic Development programs such as Pre-Primary Education, and Skill-Development, etc. aimed at uplifting these communities.
IDRF Partner Since: 1998
Focus Area: Health
Location(s): Gujarat and Maharashtra
Project Title(s): Dr. Hedgewar Hospital, Shri Guruji Rugnalaya, BHIM -Better Health Intervention for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality in Malnutrition (June 2017 –May 2018)
Dr. Hedgewar Hospital: With IDRF’s continuous support and commitment for a noble cause, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan has been able to spread healing touch through Dr. Hedgewar Hospital, a multi-specialty hospital in Aurangabad. This hospital serves the underprivileged with quality care that is easily accessible. The hospital has all the modern facilities and is at par with leading hospitals of the country in terms of latest technology and human resources. IDRF has been supporting a variety of their programs from time to time.
Shri Guruji Rugnalaya:
A program was started about 12 years ago, to sensitize and foster medical students while at medical colleges to work for the well-being of the poor and needy. At the Shri Guruji Rugnalaya in Nashik several such doctors are working who have given their lifetime commitment for this project. This hospital has achieved good faith and confidence amongst masses in providing excellent medical care at an affordable cost. More than 40, 000 patients in OPD, and more than 8,000 patients on In-patient basis have been treated here and more than 1,500 surgeries have been performed. Medical services are provided either free of cost or at subsidized rates to the poor people. With the support of IDRF, the hospital was able to buy equipment for the oncology laboratory.
BHIM -Better Health Intervention for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality in Malnutrition (June 2017 –May 2018): Malnutrition is one of the most common causes of increased mortality and morbidity in children under 5 years, especially in developing countries like India.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan has started a community health research project with IDRF’s support, under which it is being studied whether small doses of antibiotics over a long term will be effective in reducing mortality and morbidity in malnourished children. This study is being done on about 5000 children living in 110 tribal villages in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The research team comprises of pediatricians, nutritionists, physicians, medical social workers and statisticians. This study will also help in improving the quality of life and survival of children with malnutrition.
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