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Yatra means a pilgrimage with a religious purpose. Our religion here being “One Health - Health and healthcare access for All’.

Medical Yatra @ AarogyaSeva is a humanitarian expedition or quest with a group of dedicated, passionate, hard-working, humble enthusiastic, optimistic humanitarians with the goal of “Healing the world one village at a time”. 

Why we do it?

Thousands of villages across India and numerous other countries don’t have even a basic medical clinic and many people barely have the opportunity to be treated by a doctor. In spite of this, many young doctors refuse to serve in rural areas and want nothing to do with government hospitals. Bridging this gap is what Aarogya Seva, headed by its founder-director Dr. Dayaprasad G. Kulkarni is doing on a massive scale. It is a not-for-profit, voluntary and humanitarian organization committed to providing health and healthcare services at low or no cost. The organisation provides a structured platform for a huge volunteer bank of doctors who are willing to contribute their time and service, provided they don’t have to mobilise the community and arrange the logistics. This directly benefits an equally large population that is willing to accept their services. Having worked with many international organisations and NGOs including Doctors Without Borders and in Tsunami-torn Nagapattinam, Aarogya Seva has organized a series of interventions in villages, forested or naxal-afflicted areas, slums, pockets with migrant workers and government schools among others. The Yatra has traveled to over 15 locations so far reaching out to over 100000 beneficiaries.

Who can do it?

Medical and non-medical volunteers typically between the ages of 18-80 volunteer in our missions depending on the skill sets required, nature of the mission, terrain, geography, climatic and safety situations. Each Yatra is unique and a life-changing experience for everyone involved. We solicit certain specialists according to the needs.

How long are the Yatras?

Mission length varies generally lasting anywhere between 5 – 15 days. Individual yatras can last for several weeks.

Medical Volunteers will have their credentials checked and appropriate permissions taken before interactions with patients with the appropriate state and health authorities.

Typically, the volunteer will cover travel costs, visa processing ( Support letters will be provided) and contribute to food, accommodation and local transport where necessary. (This usually supports the livelihood of local communities that we work with and at times some of the meals may be sponsored by local philanthropist).

What’s in it for us?

There is something in it for everyone involved. This is how the world works and we try to make this happen in an ethical, empathetic, and culturally sensitive manner. The Doctors and volunteers have an opportunity to give back and use their most precious skills to serve humanity in places where there probably is no doctor. They also have an opportunity to learn from the local health workers, practitioners and community members about practices and traditions that can be a valuable resource.

The local partner organizations, community members, health workers get the benefit of support and supplies from the team of highly trained and resourceful yatra community.

Medical students, junior doctors get to shadow experts as they treat patients diligently.

The group also gets to immerse itself in the local culture, cuisine and practices, visit local areas of cultural, historical and natural interests. The bonding and relationships that are built during these yatras are meant for life.

For questions about the logistics of the visit, please contact Dr Dayaprasad Kulkarni at yatra@aarogyaseva.org.

 

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