Highlights of Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang lifelong work
- Doctors who were over 30 years transformed healthcare in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.
- Established Shodh Gram, a model Gond tribal village in Gadchiroli with tribal friendly amenities like hospitals, canteen, temple, training centre, pharmacy etc.
- Their home-based newborn care model significantly reduced infant mortality.
- It was adopted by the Government of India for pan-India roll out as ASHA program.
- Their approach was adopted globally by WHO and UNIEF.
- Devoted life to working in remote, poor, tribal, Naxal-hit region, despite graduating from John Hopkins Institute of Public health.
At the time when the list of awardees was announced, speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Abhay Bhang had said, “I am very happy. My wife and me, raised health and social queries. Maharashtra government gave us a lot of love and support. Even the Indian government appreciated us. For the first time in history, a couple is receiving an award. Rani and I have equally contributed. On a priority basis, the government should pay attention in the tribal areas from the health point of view. The government has honoured the health related questions raised by us.”
This year, as many as 84 Padma awards were announced, including two duo cases (in a duo case, the award is counted as one). The list comprises three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 72 Padma Shri awards.
The awards, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and- are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year.
They are given in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.
The remaining awardees of the Padma awards 2018 will be conferred with the honour at another special function to be held on April 2.