HISTORY & INTRODUCTION
Maharashtra Arogya Mandal, reputably known as MAM; stands for its idea and an ideal. The idea is to build up an institution through sacrifice and service. The idea is to extend maximum facilities to the rural poor to promote in them hygienic sense, to make them aware of the need for family planning and to contribute over all development of the people and area.
It was the enormous efforts of the principal founder member late Dr. Dada Gujar that has brought the institute to current glory. Along with him Dr. Baba Adhav, Dr. Gopal Shah, Dr. Martand Patil had come together and started “Sane Guruji Rugnalaya” with just four beds on 11th June 1960 in rented premises, Subsequently a Public Charitable Trust called Maharashtra Arogya Mandal was registered on 5th April 1961 of which Rugnalaya is main unit within a short time, the people at Hadapsar and in nearby villages were impressed by this team of dedicated young doctors, which was further strengthened when Dr. Sindhu Ketkar joined them.
In few years, the hospital earned a reputation for efficiency and for its concern for the poor. Four doctors from the group have left MAM to work in the field of their choice and from 1965 onwards Shri.S.T. alias Dada Gujar took over the onerous responsibility and with a team of colleagues like Shri R. S. patil, Dr. Prakash Pardeshi, Dr. B.M. Mehta, Dr. Suresh Patil, Dr. Kalyanrao Ware gave new orientation and impetus to MAM. Initially trust focused on health services however the trust had to widen its scope of activity.
In the year 1960, five people with social concerns came together and laid the foundation of Maharashtra Arogya Mandal at Pune. The basic aim was to provide healthcare to the weaker sections of society, to raise the living standard of the poor and make them stronger physically, mentally, and economically. Initially started as a sapling of small activity, now MAM has grown to a huge tree with many branches. Once started with a 4 bedded hospital in rented building, the Maharashtra Arogya Mandal is now the owner of a 225 bedded hospital, and there are separate buildings for schools and medical college of Indian medicine. The founders and mentors of this institute certainly owe our salutation.
Maharashtra Arogya Mandal is proud to have a devoted life member, Late Dr. S.T. Gujar alias Dada Gujar. Amongst the founder members, he is the one, who worked selflessly for the last 46 years for the institution. He was the chairman for 6 years, of Scientific Advisory Committee of Central Council for Research in Ayurved and Siddha (C.C.R.A.S.), and also he had been an Executive Committee Member of Central Council of Indian Medicine (C.C.I.M.) which is under Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi.
In appreciation of the excellent development work which was always focused on the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest strata of the society. Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband, Bonn, Germany, awarded Dr. Dada Gujar the “Marie-Juchaz-Medal”, the highest distinction along with the cash award of Rs. 1.8 lakhs, at the ceremony in Bonn, Germany, on the 2nd April 1992. This was the first time when Non-German person was selected for this award! Dr. Dada Gujar was the solid Backbone and Architect of the MAM. He cherished the dream of producing ‘Socially Oriented Basic Doctor’ having sound faith in Ayurveda, a rich ancient heritage of India. With his given guidance & memoir, infrastructure has achieved its Goal. He has been received following honors and awards from the various organizations: -
• Felicitated and awarded citation by Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for depicting his humanitarian and developmental work.
• Felicitated by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad , Pune for his Social Work.
• Awarded Pune Pride 1998 by Residency Club, Pune for altruistic contribution to Society in the field of Social and Health Development.
• Awarded Maharshi Annasaheb Patwardhan Vaidyakiya Award in 1999 for contribution in Propagation of Ayurveda.
• Awarded Bapu Puraskar by Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Pratishtan, Pune
• Awarded with Hadapsar Bhushan
• Awarded with Sane Guruji Jivan Nishta Puraskar.
• Awarded Sadhana Gaurav Puraskar.
• Awarded Ratna Puraskar by Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi.
The Trust, which is committed to rural development, has made its impact where its activities have reached. Some of the activities of the Trust are briefly given below: -
1) FAMILY PLANNING
Growing population has been the cause of poverty of our Nation and the Society. We are maintaining a steady lead in family planning right since its inception. Every year our Center performs around 2000 sterilization/ family planning operations. The center is bestowed with several honors and prizes not only from the state but also won the national Award for highest performance.
The Maharashtra Arogya Mandal has extended its activities in the field of education with pre-primary, primary and secondary schools & a Nursing School at Hadapsar.
3) RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
For economic up gradation of the rural population, our Mother Institute implements the activities like, Safe drinking water, bore wells, deepening of drinking water wells and desalting wells, Water conservation by construction of mini bunds, Public sanitation work, Continuous Counter Trenching work, Extension activities such as dairy farming, seed distribution, transfer of appropriate agricultural techniques, training and motivation programmes in nearby villages of Hadapsar.
4) TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT BHIMASHANKAR .
Our Mother Institute is implementing an integrated Tribal Development Programme in Ambegaon and Junnar blocks of Pune district. The hilly tribal area is spread along the top of the Western Ghats and catchments of Dimbhe dam built on Ghod River. The rainfall varies from 2000 to 6000 mm. In spite of high rainfall, drinking water is a severe problem during March to May. The people had to spend much time to fetch a pot of water and take animals to a long distance for drinking.
Even in a normal rainfall year of thousand millimeters rain, almost all hamlets suffer from severe shortage of drinking water in summer months. This project started in 1981 covering 44 villages having 141 hamlets in Ambegaon block and 4 villages having 10 hamlets in Junnar block of Pune district. The work comprises of digging of village ponds and wells for water supply, preparing bench terraces on arid land to cultivate paddy crop, establishing temple grove (devrai), digging continuous contour trenches, encouraging cultivation of herbal plants, establishing self-help groups for saving habits, health programme, supplementary income generation through honey collection etc.
A programme “water for health” was started by our mother Institute to help the people. At the beginning 46 bore wells were drilled, thereafter rainwater harvesting was undertaken by digging village ponds and excavating storage tanks in hard rocks. Total 11 village ponds were constructed with the help of OXFAM. CAPART, Christian Aid and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust grants. With the active financial support of ARBEITERWOHLFAHRT (AWO) Germany, The various tribal development activities undertaken are :-
• Water Ponds
• Paddy Field Terracing Work
• Kitchen Gardens
• Rural health Services
• Women Health awareness and health checkup Camps
• Honey Collection
• Training and Motivation Camps
5) MUKTANGAN TRIBAL GIRLS HOSTEL
A tribal girl's hostel is run for 90 poor girl students at Narodi village in Pune district,. Since 1988, the hostel has helped the tribal girls to pursue their education which otherwise would have been difficult due to inaccessibility of the area and educational facilities.
6) CHILD CENTERED ACTIVITIES
Children's Home (Balsadan) - Foster home for destitute and orphan children was one of such activities, which characterizes their concern for the younger generation. Total 71 orphans have benefited from the Balsadan and are enjoying the life peacefully. They have also arranged/ sponsored the marriages of 16 inmates of Balsadan.