ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Shashikant Ahankari (1953–2023)

A Crusader for Rural Healthcare

Shashikant Ahankari was the driving force behind the Health and Auto Learning Organization, a social movement aimed at creating sustained and affordable access to formal healthcare for the poor across rural Maharashtra. He was instrumental in providing several pioneering models of rural healthcare and public health interventions in India. His cadres of Bharat Vaidya village health workers created in the aftermath of the Latur earthquake in 1993, were to find resonance in the form of accredited social health activist workers in due course.

The authors thank the anonymous referee for the encouraging comments on the article.

When you were born into this world, how was your umbilical cord cut? Was it smashed with a stone, or severed with a sickle? You don’t know if your mother received a tetanus injection during pregnancy. Yet, you have survived. Many were not so lucky; they passed away during the ordeals of childbirth. Many continue to die as soon as they are born. They cannot afford a doctor or a treatment. You can close your eyes and lead your life as usual. But if you feel the need for a change, join us at the common hall.

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Updated On : 3rd Oct, 2023
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