Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi is not-for-profit Organization working towards bridging the issues of community related to women, Tribal, farmers and weaker section through the community empowerment approach of “Let’s find our own way” since the past 35 Years. Formed in 1984 Dr. Satish Gogulwar and Shubhada Deshmukh is inspired by Gandhian and Vinoba’s perspective on addressing health problems in its ‘wholeness of life’ and not mere administering medicines. Both were interested in constructive work for ‘health revolution’ by addressing livelihood, water, Women Empowerment etc. comprising wholeness of life. Hence the name ‘Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi’ (We for Our Health) was appropriate for the organization promoted by them. The organization is known for its role to build the capacities of the community for self reliance and empowerment.
Justice and equity will have at the denominator for everything we do belief on consensus based non-violent process for social transformation freedom of expression and equity in opportunity are the driving forces
Antyodaya or the priority to work for the needs of the most deprives
Create and foster community institutions as a vehicle for sustainable development
Internalize and synchronize the governance system and outside.
An Organized dynamic community which has internalized justice and equity as its basic tenements and sensitive towards all life forms. A Well fostered and healthy society, free from exploitation in which every individual can get equal opportunity for self development in the potentials, and can exercise rights for a dignified life, with access and control over resources.
Founder members of the organisation have developed ‘Social Change Perspective’ from ‘Sampurna Kranti Andolan’ (Agitation for Entirety or Total Revolution) in early seventies, leaded by the then youth icon Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan (JP). They were active member in ‘Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini’(CYSV), a youth organisation established by JP to struggle for fulfilling the dream of Entirety or Total Revolution.
Following Gandhian path, JP suggested the revolutionary youths to balance the equation of ‘Righteous Struggle’ and ‘Constructive Work’. After completing earlier young age of thirty, the youths from CYSV decided to devote their time and talents in constructive work balanced with righteous struggle.
In 1980s, a group of the founder members started addressing landholding and land encroachment rights issue and implementation of employment guarantee scheme (EGS) in Wadasa and Armori area of orthern Gadchiroli district. They joined the ‘Jabarn Jot Andolan’ (Agitation for Land Encroachment Rights) leaded by socialist tribal leader Mr. Sukhadeobabu Uikey. They adopted trade union form of ‘Lakud wa Bandhkam Kamgar Union’ ( Forest and Construction Laborer’s Union). A remarkable success was obtained by them in establishing landholding rights of tribal farmers and implementing EGS in the area.
‘Apan Apala Marg Shodhu Ya!’ (Let’s Find Our Own Way ) was the method evolved while working in Wadasa area. Putting apart intentionally the learned ‘isms’ for social change and all the readymade solutions, people were facilitated to find their own way to solve the live problems. A kind of self-help movement was initiated by the founder members.
Further the group of founder members decided to concentrate more in constructive work in the field of their individual interest, interlinked and supportive to each other. For this purpose they adopted ‘registered society’ form in 1984.
Dr. Gogulwar is inspired by Gandhian heir Vinoba’s perspective on addressing health problems in its ‘wholeness of life’ and not mere administering medicines. He was interested in constructive work for ‘health revolution’ by addressing livelihood, water, etc. comprising wholeness of life. Methodology chosen was of course ‘let’s find our own way’. Hence the name ‘Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi’ (We for Our Health) was appropriate for the organization promoted by him.
He was an active member of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini. He has spent a major part of his career in the field of preventive community health and interested in homeopathy & indigenous system of medicine. Besides co-founding Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi in 1984. He has co-founded Rani Durgawati Enterprises. Today, in the development circles, he is a well-known expert in preventive community health & strengthening community with a movement of self-help and self-governance. He studies MBBS from Nagpur University. At present, convener of Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi & directing organization to its noble path. He is associated with progressive organizations nationally regionally as an advisor, trainer or board member.
He was an active member of Jayprakash Narayanji's Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Wahini and a believer of Gandhiji-Vinobaji's thesis of people's power, set up Vrikshamitra in 1984 in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra. His interested in environment, forest livelihood and community Forest Resource & Biodiversity Management. He awarded honorary Jamanlal Bajaj for constructive work for Forest conservation, sustainability, equity and security. Women’s participation, alcohol prohibition, forest conservation and rights, fight against corruption, cultural rights, youth empowerment, equity and security. In 2013, after persistent his efforts of all legal formalities of Gramdan of Mendha (Lekha) were completed and the village was declared a Gramdan village under Maharashtra Gramdan Act 1964. It was duly published in the Gazette of the Government of Maharashtra. It is the first village in the country to become a Gramdan Village after thirty five years.
She was an active member of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini (student movement promoted by Shri. Jayprakash Narayan for sampurna Kranti total revolution). She has been an activist in the health and civil rights movements in India. She co-founded Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi organization in 1984, from formation living at tribal belt and has been its co-convener since then. She is associated with progressive organizations nationally regionally as an advisor, trainer or board member. She is Strong believer in people’s initiative & empowerment so participating & promoted campaigns related to women health, violence against women. She also worked on policy issues with state and central Government in India over 20 years. She has honoured by Maharashtra Foundation award and more excellence service in empowering women in tribal area. Presently, she is member of State Steering Committee of National Health Mission from 2021-2024.
She studies Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Pharmacology, Medical College & hospital, Nagpur and got patent for research on Tuberculosis. She work as professor 25 years’ service in education sector and as Pharmacologist 7 yrs service in Climes Hospital, Nagpur. She was an advisor for pharmaceutical companies for doing research work. Presently, she has an advisor (Toxicologist) at Global product Compliance Company at Sweden. She is also a Director of Phytabolities Neutracecals Pvt.Ltd. Nashik. She is doing help in the health research work for social organization in tribal area.
She studies chemical engineer, president of Jagrut Mahila Samaj, Ballarpur, Chandrapur, and Maharashtra She is promoting proper technology & science based. Her expertise in the bio-diversity conservation documentation.
He studies M.D. – Paediatrician. He has a Paediatrician in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai and has an experience of 38 years in this field. He also practices at Anant Clinic in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. He completed MD - Pediatrics from Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in 1982. He is a member of Indian Association of Paediatrics Life Member and Indian Medical Association (IMA). Some of the services provided by the doctor are: New Born Care, Limping child, Congenital Disorders Evaluation / Treatment, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment and Nutritional Assessment etc He was an active member of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha samittee.
National President Nai Talim, Malegaon Maharashtra.
A leading sarvoday and the national president of Nai Talim, promoting the education system inspired by Gandiaan thoughts. Before taking a social cause, he was successful doctor with social conscience. Influenced by Jayprakash Narayans call to the youth, he was an active member of Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini. Later, influenced by sarvoday ideology of constructive work and struggle, he became active in the Maharashtra Sarvoday Mandal and grew to be its president at the state and National level.
He was an active member of Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini. He started the work on to search the traditional medicine and its publicity with begin the people’s health traditional conservation committee.
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