Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health

Linked with Rani Bang – India.

SEARCH (Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health) is a non-government organisation registered as a public trust and charitable society in India (Reg. No: MH 35-85-GAD, F-224-GAD). It was founded in 1985 by a doctor couple, Abhay Bang and Rani Bang. Inspired by the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, trained respectively as a physician and a gynecologist, and after studying at the Johns Hopkins University USA, for their Master of Public Health, Drs. Bang returned to India. Their dream was to develop an institution of community health which provided health care to the local population, and generated knowledge for the global community by way of research. “Think globally, act locally!” (About /Background).

What we do;
National Award.
Address: SEARCH, Shodhgram P.O., District Gadchiroli, Maharashtra 442605, India;

About: Vision: Realisation of ‘Aarogya-Swaraj’, i.e. people’s health in people’s hands, by empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health, and thereby, help them achieve freedom from disease as well as dependence.

Mission: The mission of SEARCH is expressed in its name, “Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health.” The mission of SEARCH is to work with marginalised communities to identify their health needs, develop community empowering models of health care to meet these health needs, to test these models by way of research studies, and then to make this knowledge available to others by way of training and publications. Thus the mission of SEARCH includes community health care, research and training.

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