Abhay and Rani Bang
Abhay Bang (Marathi: Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Exponential search' not found.) (Born 1950), and Rani Bang (Marathi: Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Exponential search' not found.) (Born 1951) are Indian social activists working on community health in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. They have founded SEARCH (Society For Education, Action and Research In Community Health) - a non-profit organization in Gadchiroli.
Personal life and Background
Both have them have done MPH from Johns Hopkins University.
After their medical studies, the couple moved to Wardha and co-founded Chetna Vikas - a non-profit organization. While working in villages of Wardha district they realized the need for further studies in public health to address larger health-care issues. Both of them completed Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
After returning to India they started working in Gadchiroli District. They founded SEARCH in December 1985 and started working on community health problems in the tribal region. They identified & established the main causes for infant mortality in the region as pneumonia and devised a strategy of home-based neonatal care to combat it. The success of their efforts was published in 3 papers in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Together, they have 5 papers published in The Lancet.
In 1990, the couple raised a movement for liquor ban in Gadchiroli district. The movement resulted in liquor ban in the district in year 1992, being the first example in India of liquor ban due to public demand.
Rani Bang also works on health and gynecological problems of rural women. She conducts sessions on sex education for adolescent and teenagers.
In 2006, they started an initiative - NIRMAN, for identifying and nurturing social change-makers in Maharashtra.
The couple also have written books in Marathi.
- Majha Sakshtakari Hrudayrog - Abhay Bang
- Goin - Rani Bang
- Kanosa - Rani Bang
- Putting Woman first - Dr. Rani Bang (It is published in 2010)
Awards and honors
Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang have been felicitated with a number of awards, a few of them as follows:
- Maharashtra Bhushan Award
- Time magazine couple of the year 2005 
- MacArthur award[dubious ]
- Lifetime achievement award from CNN-IBN