First Givers Club workshop State of Public Health in India was held on 24th September 2010. The aim of the workshop was to understand the issue of public health in India, challenges in the sector, solutions being offered and how the First Givers Club members can make a difference.

State of Public Health in India: Workshop Summary Report 

1. Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital – Eye Care in North India

About Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital: The story of Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital began in one room in the walled city of Delhi in 1914 where Dr Sorabji P Shroff, a 36 year old graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, decided to establish a clinic. In 1922, a trust was established by Dr Shroff, with sustained representations, in 1924, the British Administration made land available in Daryaganj. The hospital was completed in 1927. In 1962, the institution was selected as a leading eye hospital by the International Conference of Ophthalmology held in Delhi.

Today, the institution is considered one of the best super specialty eye care institutions in North India with an unwavering commitment to providing quality eye care services to all economic sections of the society.

2. MAHAN – Tribal Healthcare in Melghat

About MAHAN: MAHAN, an acronym for “Meditation, AIDS, Health, Addiction, Nutrition”, was formed in 1998 by Dr. Ashish Satav and his wife, Dr. Kavita Satav. Their aim is to provide basic health services to the tribal population of Melghat, a hilly forest area, where majority of the people are below the poverty line. This area is known for highest mortality for the children under the age of 5 and in the age group of 16-50 years in Maharashtra. Most of the mortality is the result of malnutrition.


  1. More than 46493 patients have been treated till date
  2. Operated more than 692 cases with ophthalmic problems like cataract (free of cost -intra-ocular lens implantation), eye injuries, minor surgeries etc.
  3. Over 500 patients treated in the hospital with serious illnesses like Myocardial infarction, brain haemorrhage, cerebral malaria, meningitis, tetanus etc.
  4. Trained 19 village health workers for treatment of children under the age of 5.

Additionally, MAHAN conducts many preventive programs, namely health education programme, youth dialogue and health training programme, strengthening of existing health care systems and policy level engagement.

Speaker Profiles :

1. Dr. Mandar Vaidya, McKinsey & Co., India Dr. Mandar Vaidya, partner at Mckinsey, is a medical doctor and has served the healthcare sector first as a doctor and then as a consultant for over a decade. He works with healthcare providers and suppliers and has worked in the public health arena as well. He has while in McK worked across India, Singapore and the UK.

2. Dr. Avinash Satav, MAHAN Dr. Ashish Satav, is president of MAHAN Trust and is working for the health care of Tribals in Melghat. His engagement in the Melghat region for the past 11 years has been to provide medical facilities to the tribals in the region.

3. Mr. A. K. Arora, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital Mr. Arun Arora is a graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and did his Masters from Delhi School of Social Work. He was associated with Eicher group for 30 years largely as an HR Professional. During his stay with Eicher he also did was Incharge of the Group’s Garment  Export Business for about 6 years.

Field Experts:

Field expert are the eminent expertise from the public health domain to support our members in their endeavours of making a difference.

1. Dr. Mrudula Phadke: Dr. Mrudula Phadke has been been the Dean of B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital from 1992 to 2000 after which she was appointed as Director of Medical Research till 2002. She later worked as UNICEF consultant and was the technical advisor to the Government of Maharashtra. She is the first woman vice-chancellor of MUHS, Nashik.

2. Dr. Neha Madhiwalla: Dr. Neha Madhiwalla is health researcher and activist. She is coordinator of Center for Studies in Ethics and Rights. Currently working on research in reproductive health and bioethics, Neha is also visiting faculty at the TISS.  She is also associated with Sahyog, a community-based initiative for primary health and education for women and girls.

3. Dr. Saraswati Sankaran: Dr. Saraswati Sankaran holds a Ph.D in Sociology from University of Mumbai. She has been working in the area of reproductive and child health and ‘no risk’ lifestyle to prevent HIV/AIDS. She began preventive work in HIV/AIDS even before the first case of HIV was diagnosed in India. She has undertaken various research studies and has been to consultant to different national/international agencies for various projects.