[Assam] Doctor at large
Alpana B. Sarangapani
absarangapani at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 17 10:03:41 IST 2009
This is great, Babul.
Thanks for letting us know about a few more people that are making this world a better place for many.
“In order to make spiritual progress you must be patient like a tree and humble like a blade of grass.”
> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:03:18 +0530
> From: bgogoi at gmail.com
> To: assam at assamnet.org
> Subject: [Assam] Doctor at large
> *Doctor at large*
> June 26, 2008
> *SPIRIT OF INDIA — SOCIETY*
> [image: Dr Sunil Kaul]He is a product of India who is trying to save Bharat.
> That, in a gist, sums up the good doctor who, in the middle of Bodoland in
> Assam's Chirang district, is bringing about a silent movement eradicating
> the deadly malaria, running a weavers' network and guiding other NGOs in the
> An MBBS from Pune and trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
> Medicine, Dr Sunil Kaul realised that his true calling lay in the rural
> heartland where even basic healthcare was a rarity.
> In 2000, he quit the army and, with his wife Jennifer Liang, founded the
> Action Northeast Trust (ANT) in Bongaigaon. They have a daughter whom they
> have named Aman Gwjwn. The last name means "peace" in Bodo.
> The foundation's most powerful impact has been in controlling malaria in
> Chirang. Kaul set up laboratories in remote places and trained locals in
> conducting blood tests and identifying the malaria parasite.
> He taught local chemists the correct dosage of medicines. A local boy,
> Carlos, is a much-trusted lab technician.
> And though now a government-run clinic has come up close by, old loyalists
> still come to Carlos and voice their faith in Kaul when it comes to
> "I have often been accused of helping quacks. But no MBBS doctor wants to
> stay here," he says.
> Each ANT centre covers about 80-90 small villages, reaching out to nearly
> 6,000 people. Ever since he began ANT, Kaul has trained 11 persons, of which
> eight are still with the project.
> They run the labs independent of ANT, presided over by a local managing
> "I wanted them to be responsible for each unit and they do take an
> appropriate fee from the people for the tests. I had hoped this would not
> only provide healthcare but also be an economically-viable profession. Some
> of them are doing well, but with the National Rural Health Mission now
> setting up clinics, these centres may not do too well in the future," he
> says, not ready to take credit for almost showing the way to the Government.
> —*Elora Sen*
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