Former AWO International partner Maharashtra Arogya Mandal receives prestigious award for its health work

AWO International’s long-term Indian partner Maharashtra Arogya Mandal (MAM) received the prestigious ‘Dr. Aanadibai Joshi’ award from the government of Maharashtra for its health work. MAM was founded in 1960 with the aim to provide better health services to poor and marginalised sections of Indian society. MAM started with a small ambulance but meanwhile maintains a 250-bed non-profit hospital in Pune, where it produces its own aryurvedic medicine, trains nurses and conducts research in the areas of preventive medicine and sickle cell anaemia. In the hilly Bhimashankar region of Maharashtra MAM works towards improving the livelihood of the local adivasi groups. MAM specialists provide trainings to villagers in this sparse and dry region for the construction of various kinds of water development structures, for strengthening village institutions, establishing new income opportunities etc. In Bhimashankar, MAM also raises awareness about health-related issues such as family planning, and informs about sickle cell anaemia, a genetic disease, which is common to the region.


Dr. Aanadibai Joshi was the first Indian phyisician. In her remembrance, the government of Maharashtra awards the exemplary work of non-profit organisations and government health centres in the areas of health and family planning. The prize money of 100.000 Indian Rupees (ca. 1.500 EUR) will be used for MAM’s project work. MAM was a partner of AWO International from 1990 until 2010 (see projects). Additional support was also given to MAM’s work for the upliftment of sickle cell anaemia patients and for providing nursing education for adivasi girls from Bhimashankar.