SEARCH (Society for Education Action and Research in Community Health) is an NGO, duly registered under the laws of the state of Maharashtra, India. Its work is guided by the Gandhian philosophy of ethical coexistence, non violence and the desired self sufficiency of the rural population. It was founded by Drs Abhay and Rani Bang, who are its directors, since 1986, the year of establishment of SEARCH.
Its mission is to develop scalable models of community empowering, community based health interventions by conducting research locally with a view to be applicable globally, especially in the developing countries of the world.
What we do
The major areas of focus of SEARCH’s activities are:
- Reproductive health of women
- Maternal, newborn and child health
- Reproductive health education to adolescents to enable them to live a responsible and healthy life
- Bringing about lifestyle changes for prevention of diseases like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes
- De-addiction from alcohol and tobacco
- Tribal health and development including preservation of tribal culture and
- Nurturing socially inclined youth to enable them to undertake serious exploration of self and their responsibility towards the society with the hope of grooming social change makers.
SEARCH’s contribution in shaping global and national health policies, especially in the field of women’s reproductive health and the health of mothers, newborns and children has been internationally acclaimed and acknowledged.