HALO Medical Foundation (HMF)
Halo Medical Foundation, HMF is a culmination of a movement from Aurangabd medical college to address the gap between the field of medical studies and research and the medical services as required by the poor and the marginalized. It started as Health and Auto Learning organisation, HALO on September 1980 with a purpose to introduce social awareness among the medical students and creating medical awareness in the society. It seeks to change health perceptions and improve delivery of basic health services at the grass root level by:
1. creating and reorienting social awareness in medical professional and paramedics especially among the young generation by promoting medico-social activities in rural and backward areas and facilitating training and exposure visits for medicos and paramedics.
2. creating and reorienting health awareness in society, to promote their health and hygiene (including both preventive and curative treatments) through health awareness programs, seminars, conferences, and workshops that propagates that propagate preventive practices.
3. providing medical and related services to society
4.undertaking research and education in the field of medicine pertaining to relevant health issues in society
It uses a gender and rights-based approach and engages in training local women health workers, creating self help groups, expanding women’s financial status through income generation activities, providing primary and secondary medical care, mediating domestic violence, offering health insurance, improving rural sanitation and better care for antenatal and postnatal mothers. Bharat Vaidyas is a group of women health workers organised and trained by HMF which serves the core of the health program of HMF. The group is comprised of women from the villages who serve as a primary contact point for community members to receive basic health care. They are trained and supported to diagnose and treat health ailments. HMF’s mandates is to make health care affordable and accessible, reduce health care cost, create community groups and women’s self help group that are capable of managing basic developmental issues at the village level
Area of Work:
Dr. Shashikant Ahankari