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Cause: Provide health services in the tribal area of Melghat in the western state of Maharashtra in India. Mahan runs an hospital as well as conducts specialty diagnostic & treatment camps in Melghat like Gynecology & Obstetrics, Pediatrics , Ophthalmology, etc.

Profile: MAHAN, an acronym for “Meditation, AIDS, Health , Addiction, Nutrition”, was formed in 1998 by a young couple, Dr. Ashish Satav (a MD) and his wife, Dr. Kavita Satav (MS ophthalmology). Their aim is to provide basic health services to the tribal population of Melghat, a hilly forest area, where majority of the people are below the poverty line. This area is known for highest mortality for the children under the age of 5 and in the age group of 16-50 years in Maharashtra. Most of the mortality is the result of malnutrition.

Accomplishments: Below is a partial list of accomplishments of Mahan,

  1. More than 40,000 patients treated free of cost
  2. Over 500 patients treated in the hospital with serious illnesses like Myocardial infarction, brain haemorrhage, cerebral malaria, meningitis, tetanus etc.
  3. Operated more than 375 cases with ophthalmic problems especially cataract (intra-ocular lens implantation).
  4. Trained 19 village health workers for treatment of children under the age of 5.
  5. Various NGOs and social minded people are helping the poor people due to massive campaigning on this issue by MAHAN. As a result, most of the severely malnourished babies are getting supplementary nutrition in 19 villages and many deaths due to malnutrition have been prevented
  6. More than 4000 pre-school children from 37 villages in Melghat were examined and whoever required medical treatment were treated.
  7. With the help of other charitable trusts, provided nutritious food to more than 300 malnourished babies and their mothers for 3 months.
  8. Additionally, MAHAN conducts many preventive programs,
    • Over 599 Health Education Programs organized for more than 20000 people
    • Organize Youth Dialogue & Health Training Program
    • Over 100 volunteers and patients trained and treated by us quit drinking alcohol and smoking
    • Organized Health Training programs for Doctors, Nurses, Anganwadi supervisors, Teachers, NGO. & village health workers

Arpan's Participation:

  • Initial target is to provide steady stream of funds on monthly basis.
  • In the second phase adopt a center/s and/or children and provide ongoing support.
  • Arpan is, and will continue to be in touch with Mahan and finalize the details of the second phase.
  • Encourage all the contributors of ARPAN to visit any facility in India. The trip can be planned in advance from USA.

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