Pune, Maharashtra India (PressExposure) March 04, 2011 -- IBN-Lokmat brings for its viewers yet another inspiring episode of Great Bhet with Doctor Shashikant Ahankari. This episode tells the story of a doctor who believed that in nothing do human beings more nearly approach the Gods than in giving health to fellow human beings. Take this opportunity to know more about this story of Dr. Ahankari on IBN-Lokmat in an exclusive interview with Nikhil Wagle, Editor, IBN-Lokmat on Great Bhet on Saturday, 5th March 2011 at 9:30 pm.
Having studied medicine from a college in Pune, Dr. Ahankari had opportunities of a plush job in a city hospital with a fat salary but he chose a different path for himself. He chose to forgo a lucrative career as a city doctor and went to his village Andoor in Usnamabad to treat and heal people there. Dr Ahankari created The Halo Medical Foundation, consisting of health workers whom he had imparted some medical training like treating common cold, viral fever, etc, with an aim to help rural villagers achieve more effective and affordable health services. One of his Halo Foundation's prolific achievements was during the Killari earthquake in 1983 which killed 10,000 people and injured many more. His Foundation began to work in the villages affected by the earthquake providing health and infrastructure support to the affected communities. Members of the organization came together and saw the health concerns of the villagers. Instead of short-term service, they wanted to focus on long term sustainable healthcare services in Lohara and Tuljapur blocks within Osmanabad district.
Today, his work stretches across 2 districts, 4 blocks, and over 70 villages in eastern Maharashtra. Dr Ahankari has trained over 400 village health workers to provide health services within their community, thereby changing the way that care is delivered at the village level. Nearly 20,000 women are working for this foundation now. Dr. Ahankari continues to expand his work and look for new and innovative ways to improve the lives of all.
To know more about Dr. Shashikant Ahankari's accomplishing journey, tune into IBN-Lokmat on Saturday, 5th March 2011 at 9:30pm.
You can also watch this "Great Bhet" episode on Sunday i.e. 6th March 2011 @ 12:00 pm & 5:00 pm.