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2 young women doctors who chose to serve in villages
Supriya Shelar | Monday, 4 March 2013 AT 09:59 AM IST
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PUNE: At a time when different governments are trying to attract medical professionals to serve in rural areas, here's a story of two young female doctors who volunteered to serve the rural masses instead of taking up cushy jobs in the city.

Meet Dr Ashwini Mahajan (BAMS), who graduated as a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Dr Aarti Gorwadkar (MBBS), a graduate from the city-based B J Medical College. The duo, after convincing their parents about the dire need for doctors to serve the rural population, are now serving tribal communities.

Both were hugely impressed with Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang's 'Nirman' campaign that sowed the seeds of standing different by serving needy people.

Dr Ashwini, a 2011 alumnus of the Hadapsar-based Sumatibhai Shah Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, is currently working in Ganiyari near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. She completed her schooling from Jnana Prabodhini, Nigdi.

“Since childhood, I wanted to do something for society. After hearing about Dr Rani Bang during my college days, I participated in 'Nirman batch 1' and I was inspired to serve the downtrodden,”Ashwini said.

She worked for six months as joint resident doctor at her college. Then she came in contact with 'Jan Swasthya Sahayog' in Ganiyari that initiated 'Medic Friends Circle' to comprehensive rural health care.

“Currently I am working as medical officer there. Besides clinical work, I also contribute in the preparation of training material for health care workers. The health problems there are severe. Malnutrition, lack of basic facilities, cholera, leprosy and TB cases are widespread among the tribals,” she added.

According to her, in urban areas, medicos are easily available but the real need is in the villages. Currently she is also preparing for the Tata Institute of Social Science's 'Masters in Public Health' course.

Similar is the story of Dr Aarti, who was part of 'Nirman batch 4'. After completing her MBBS from B J Medical College, she selected Harsul tribal village in Tryambak taluka of her native district Nashik as her work place.

“Although one year service after graduation for medical students in rural area is compulsory, I continued to stay in the rural area and serve the villagers. The number of MBBS doctors is very less in Harsul. Quacks rule the roost there. The condition of primary health centres is improving slowly. So I feel, being a doctor, these people need me more than those in the metros,” Aarti said.


Nirman is a youth initiative started in 2006 by Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang to identify, nurture and organise young change makers to solve various societal challenges. It is an educational process to train the youth to take up crucial issues and problems in society. It provides guidance, expertise and environment to inculcate self learning and encourages youth for social action.


Ganesh - Sunday, 24 July 2016 AT 08:08 AM IST
Nice job for social responsibility

Ajit W - Tuesday, 30 July 2013 AT 06:06 PM IST
Commendable step indeed. Very few dare will dare to do this. You have raised the bar for all medical practitioners for sure!

Mudasir - Sunday, 14 July 2013 AT 04:15 PM IST
Hi,how are you,wish you success in every respect and honour.

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