Reflections on a Book: ‘A Doctor’s Experiment in Bihar’
A small introduction
It is a book about a doctor who had a purpose – to transform maternal and child healthcare in the unserved population of India. After completing her MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology she decided to work in a district hospital in Bihar and bring transformation there, which she was able to bring after lots of struggle. She then returned to Mumbai and started as an Assistant Professor in a medical college but her restless desire to work in underserved populations propelled her towards Bihar again – now in a remotest area where no sign of good healthcare care was present. There she struggled much more because being a Gynaecologist she was new as a community healthcare provider. With all ups and downs she managed to provide better healthcare to the community. But after 2 yrs she was diagnosed with Langerhans cell Histiocytosis and had to leave Bihar as she cannot attend clinics anymore. She is currently under treatment for it.
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Vivek Kumar,MBBS is a Basic HealthCare Services fellow who hails from Bihar and was providing primary healthcare services and supporting our nurses at AMRIT clinics.