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Arogya Sena’s disaster medical relief work...
Since the date of establishment of Arogya Sena, Arogya Sainiks have been helping victims of disasters - natural or manmade and have saved many precious lives. Apart from Latur earthquake Arogya Sena has sent medical teams and trained volunteers during epidemic of Gastro, Tal Mangaon, Dist Raigad (2003), floods in Pune (2004), mega floods in Maharashtra (2005, 2006), Bihar, Orisa, Tamilnadu (2008), drought in Dist. Nagar and Pune (2002) stampede at Mandhardevi, Dist. Satara (2005), fire at Kasewadi slums Pune (2005) and above all tsunami at Tamilnadu and Kerala (2004-05), earthquake at Kashmir (2005), Kosi floods in Bihar, floods in Orissa and Tamilnadu (2008), Cloud burst in Leh Ladakh, Uttaranchal (2010), Thane cyclone in Tamilnadu (2012), Uttarakhand floods (2013) and during mega epidemic of Chikangunya in Kerala (2007, 2008). Arogya Sena also conducted a massive public education campaign during outbreaks of SARS (2003) and Dengue (2004, 2005, 2006) and Swine flu (since 2009). Booklets on SARS, Swine flu and Dengue written by Dr. Vaidya were first publications in Marathi.

Apart from rushing to the rescue of the victims of disasters, our Arogya Sainiks are influencing ‘Planning for Disaster Management’ in their own states, districts, talukas, towns, cities and even villages.


Arogya Sena, as a movement for public health rights...
Arogya Sainiks (Health Soldiers), apart from working in an organized and disciplined fashion with the help of knowledge given to them, are expected to take up various health issues concerning common man. Up till now Arogya Sena has taken up issues like pesticides and dirt in soft drinks, worms in Cadbury chocolates, safety of swimming pools, water sports, tourist spots and roads, commercialization of medical education and profession, privatization of government hospitals, pollution and biomedical waste, sanitation of slums, malnourishment and meagre provision for health in state and national budget. Many local branches of Arogya Sena have taken up many local issues like conditions of government dispensaries and hospitals, hazardous electrical poles, hazards of mobile towers, improper waste disposal and have been instrumental in forcing government machinery to act promptly. Branches of Arogya Sena have become powerful weapons of social change in the health field.

Arogya Sena, as a movement for social and political health rights...
Along with various public health issues Arogya Sena has fearlessly taken up many social health issues. After grievous incidence of ragging of a medical student from Pune Arogya Sena established Anti ragging commando squad and demanded anti-ragging law. It was Arogya Sena which has fiercely opposed any kind of communalism and religious fundamentalism. Arogya Sena has always condemned caste system and atrocities against minorities and women. Arogya Sena has always stood by nationalism, national integration, equality, social justice, true secularism and has upheld high moral values in politics. Today’s Indian politics has become a swamp of dirt. Politicians are losing moral character and political parties are losing ideology. Economic policies of neo liberalization, globalization and unrestricted privatization have increased economic inequality and given rise to a consumerist and profit mongering society. These policies are responsible for government’s roll back from social welfare schemes and public enterprises. Arogya Sena has opposed this and holds these policies responsible for deterioration in public health, education, public transportation etc To change these policies it requires political will and vision.

The movement spreads...
At present Arogya Sena has around 14000 trained workers across 7 states Branches in many more districts are expected soon. Arogya Sena is the first attempt in our country to stimulate sensitivity, humanity and national spirit of the people, empower them with knowledge, motivate them to get organised and inspire them to work with dedication in the events of disasters and fight against injustice.

   
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