| National Award for Women's Development
through application of Science & Technology Conferred on Dr. Rani Bang|
Dr. Rani Bang has been awarded
with National Award for Womens Development through Application of Science
& Technology in recognition of her outstanding and pioneering contribution
for the past two and a half decades on improving womens health in rural
India through an innovative and powerful approach of research with the people
and for the people. She has spearheaded the development of a comprehensive village
health care program which has now become a nationally and internationally acclaimed
model. This innovative approach of empowering rural women to take care of their
communitys health has reduced the infant mortality in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
by over seventy five percent.
The award was conferred upon her by the President
of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the National Conference on Showcasing
Cutting Edge Science & Technology by Women in New Delhi.
Dr. Rani Bang
exemplifies an amalgamation of idealism, social service and scientific research.
She has made landmark contribution to improving womens life in India and
globally as a gynecologist, as a research scientist and as a social activist.
Bang completed her Medical Education (MD) in India with gold medal and at the
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, (MPH) in the US. Along with her husband,
Dr. Abhay Bang, she founded the voluntary organization, SEARCH, (Society for Education,
Action and Research in community Health) 22 years ago in one of the most underdeveloped
districts, Gadchiroli, in the state of Maharashtra. There they live and work with
the people in 150 villages to provide community-based health care and conduct
research. They have established the now famous community health care and research
center Shodhagram in this tribal area. From this remote place, they
have evolved a very innovative and powerful approach of Research with the
People which has generated, time and again, new evidence and solutions to
shape national and global thinking.
By conducting the first ever study
in two villages in Gadchiroli and publishing in the Lancet, Dr. Rani Bang first
brought to the notice of the world that rural women had a large hidden burden
of gynecological diseases. She subsequently trained the Dais in villages to make
them village level health workers. With convincing evident she advocated the need
for a comprehensive reproductive health care package for rural women in India.
Rani Bang along with her husband and colleagues have developed a model for a village
health care program which is now being recognized nationally and internationally.
They have demonstrated how the pneumonia in children can be managed in villages,
and recently, how neonatal care can be provided at the village level. Their innovative
approach of empowering the village women to take care of their communitys
health has reduced the infant mortality rate in their work area from 121 to 30,
which is the best indicator of their work. This model has been successfully replicated
by NGOs and by the Indian Council of Medical Research of the Govt. of India, in
5 states; and recently has been incorporated in the 11th Five Year Plan of India.
has written two books in Marathi on womens lives Goieen
and Kanosa. Goieen has received the State literary award.
was a member of the National Commission on Population, Govt. of India, and of
several national and international committees.
Dr. Rani Bang and Dr. Abhay
Bang were honoured by the Government of Maharashtra with the highest honour of
the state Maharashtra Bhushan. In 2005, the TIME magazine selected and
honoured them as the Global Health Heroes. In 2006, their organization, SEARCH
received the first MacArthur Foundation International Award. In 2006, she was
awarded the prestigious Jamuna Lal Bajaj award for her work for the upliftment
of women in India.
Press Inormation Bureau
Date: March 08, 2008