SEARCH (Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health)
Abhay Bang MD, MPH, D. Sc (Hon), D. Lit (Hon.) grew up in Mahatma Gandhi’s Sevagram ashram. He is a physician and an internationally well-known public health expert. For the past 30 years, he and his wife, Dr Rani Bang, have lived and worked in a tribal district, Gadchiroli, in Maharashtra. He is the founder director of SEARCH (Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health), Gadchiroli.
Abhay’s work on childhood pneumonia and home-based newborn care (have shaped global policies. HBNC has been now scaled up nationally in the National Rural Health Mission, and in several other countries. He was a member of Government of India’s High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage (2011), of the High Level Committee on Tribal People (2014). He was Chairman of the Expert Committee on Tribal Health, Government of India.
(2013-2018). The Committee, under his leadership, has recently produced the first comprehensive report – Tribal Health in India : Bridging Gap and Roadmap for the Future.
He has received nearly 70 national and international awards. Government of India recently honoured him with ‘Padmashri’.