Pravara Medical Trust

Enhances rural productivity and quality of life by optimizing health systems to meet community needs effectively and responsively

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    Rahata, Maharashtra

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Pravara Medical Trust (PMT) – a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1972 under the Federal and State Legal Acts of India viz., S Read moreocieties Registration Act 1860 and Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. The trust is located in Loni - a remote rural, socio-economically backward and drought prone village of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. The organization was promoted by local peasants as a community empowerment initiative against the socially oppressive forces as part of an “Integrated Participatory Rural Development Model (widely known as Pravara Model / Loni PURA Model” conceived in 1950 with the establishment of Asia’s first viable Cooperative Sugar Processing Unit, in this part of the country. PMT has developed a “Comprehensive Rural & Tribal Healthcare Model” by establishing state-of-art preventive, curative, rehabilitative medical and healthcare hospital & educational complex to serve about 2.5 million rural and tribal people living in seven administrative blocks of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. The mission of the trust is ‘serve the rural poor’ and the vision of the trust is to “improve the productivity of the rural people through increased quality of life by making health systems more effective & responsive to the needs of the people”. The following are the broad activities of the Trust - 1.   Provision of Tertiary level Medical and Healthcare Services  Running a 1250 bedded multi & super specialty charitable medical hospital (namely Pravara Rural Hospital since 1972). The hospital provides Rs. 250 million (3.35 million USD) charity every year towards free treatment and food for poor patients. All maternal, pediatric and geriatric patients are treated free and others are at highly subsidized user charges. Nearly 600,000 OPD consultations, 75000 IPD admissions, 10000 deliveries, 10000 major & 40000 minor operations done every year in the hospital. Running a 350 Chair Multi-specialty Dental Hospital (namely Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni since 1989) providing treatment to nearly 100,000 patients every year.  Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre, Loni – 1997. Rural Cancer Treatment Centre since 1997 – 2000 new cancer cases and 25000 old OPD and day care patients are treated every year.      2.    Provision of Comprehensive Primary and Community Healthcare Services through Centre for Social Medicine (Rs. 25 million or 0.335 million USD charity every year) Ten Rural and Tribal Health Centres covering 250 villages with free treatment to patients. Six Motorbike Ambulances-cum-Health Clinics (4 tribal & 2 rural) covering 100 villages. Two Mobile Medical Clinics (1 rural & 1 tribal) & One Mobile Dental Clinic. Twenty four Village Health Centre in remote rural/tribal villages. Ten Rural e-health Centres connected to the Main Hospital Monthly community multi-diagnostic & treatment camps in all major faculties of medicine (MCH, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Medicine, Skin etc), dentistry and physiotherapy.  Community Health & Empowerment Projects in the field of School Health, Environment & Hygiene, Healthy Villages, Malnutrition in Women & Children (Spirulina production, Medicinal and nutritional gardens, RMNCH+A, STI & HIV/AIDS, TB, Cancer, Tribal Medicine, e-health, mHealth, Malnutrition, Food security etc.   500 Trained Community Health Workers equipped with First Aid Boxes serve 300 villages with first aid, treatment minor ailments and health education and referrals etc. The major community extension and health, empowerment, developmental activities of Pravara Medical Trust (PMT) and Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) are being implemented by Centre for Social Medicine in the field of Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Rural & Tribal Health, Livelihood etc are co-sponsored by a number of development partners which include Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Sweden, Pathfinder International, USA, GFATM/NMP+, UNICEF, National Health Mission, National Health Systems Resource Centre, SHSRC, NACO/MSACS, Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI) & Maharashtra State Skill Development Society, Government of Maharashtra, Tribal Research Division of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India. The funding partners evaluated the projects and appreciated the work done by PMT.       3.    Imparting education & training & pursuing research in medical and other allied health sciences (dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, public health/social medicine, biotechnology, paramedical) In order to impart formal and informal medical and allied health sciences education, training and peruse research, the PMT has established “Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)”, which was recognized as a “Deemed to be University” with “NAAC A Grade” (CGPA 3.17) - Descriptor – VERY GOOD, by Ministry of HRD & University Grants Commission (UGC) of Government of India. The following academic institutions are constituent Units of PIMS.   Rural Medical College, Loni – 1984  Rural Dental College, Loni - 1989 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy, Loni -1997 College of Nursing, Loni - 2001 & School of Nursing – 1986 Centre for Biotechnology, Loni - 2001 Centre for Social Medicine, Loni – 2001 Centre for Tribal Health Research and Services, Loni– 2015 Vocational/Skill Development Training Centre, Loni - 2016  All the above education and research institutes are recognized by the respective government and statutory bodies of government of India like MHRD, GoI/UGC/MCI/DCI/NCI, offers 6 Undergraduate (MBBS, BDS, BPhT, BSc (Nursing), P.B.B.Sc. (Nursing) B.Sc. (Med. Biotech)), and 45 Graduate degree and diploma (M.D/M.S, MDS, M.Ph.T., M.Sc. (Nursing), Master of Public Health (MPH), M.Sc. (Biotech), M.Sc. (Pre-clinical & Para-clinical), 20 Doctoral, and over 30 diploma and certificate programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, medical biotechnology, public health/social medicine, para-medical sciences. A number of short terms skill development certificate & diploma programs sponsored by Maharashtra State Skill Development Society are offered under Community College.  Received “Care for Senior Citizens-National Award–2015” for Best Institution Providing Healthcare & Awareness Generation for Elderly People from His Excellency, President of India, and Shri. Vijay Merchant Memorial Award for “Outstanding Employer of the Disabled–2015” . Recognized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the then President of India & Ministry of Rural Development, GoI as one of the three Best PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) Models of the Country.


  • Community and Academic Partnership (CAP) Programmes

    These programmes aim to cultivate health initiatives and encourage collaboration between community members and faculty-linked students, enhancing their strengths, confidence, and capabilities. The initiatives involve assigning five families from adopted villages to each student for comprehensive study throughout the course duration. Additionally, they entail commemorating public health and socially significant events, such as World Health Day and World Women's Day, within the villages. Moreover, these programs engage both the community and students in various health projects, surveys, and epidemiological studies.

  • Outreach programmes

    Students from various faculties participate in routine "outreach" programs held in remote regions, conducted in collaboration with local community members and public health personnel. These initiatives aim to educate students on the socio-clinical aspects of patients. Additionally, students engage in health education and social communication activities during these camps.

  • Learning at Peripheral Health Centres

    Each faculty's students are allocated to peripheral health centers and primary care clinics for hands-on training and skill development while attending to patients. Those placed in the Department of Community Medicine acquire knowledge about the environmental, social, cultural, and economic factors influencing community health.

  • Rural dental college

    To address the scarcity of dental professionals in rural areas and combat widespread oral health issues, the Pravara medical trust established the Rural Dental College and Hospital in 1989, enrolling 100 B.D.S. students annually. The college encompasses specialized dental preclinical and clinical departments mandated by the Dental Council of India (DCI).
    The institution offers well-equipped Dental Laboratory facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate training, alongside facilitating research initiatives. Additionally, the college extends outpatient department (OPD) services to neighbouring villages, allowing students and interns supervised by senior staff to gain practical experience.

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy

    The Department of Physiotherapy originated in 1976 at Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Pravara Rural Hospital, aiming to address the preventive, curative, therapeutic, and rehabilitation needs of rural residents. Subsequently, the establishment of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy, formerly known as the "College of Physiotherapy," occurred in 1997 to fulfill the necessity for comprehensive physiotherapy training.
    The College holds recognition from esteemed bodies like the “Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP),” “Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI),” and the “Maharashtra State Council for Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy.”
    The institution's vision is to emerge as an exceptional Physiotherapy College, extending urban facilities to rural communities, in line with the visionary perspective of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

  • Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Rural Medical College

    The Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Rural Medical College aims to establish a robust academic and research atmosphere catering to medical and health science professionals who encounter unique challenges in rural healthcare implementation. The institution focuses on equipping individuals, from grassroots community members to post-doctoral researchers, with pertinent knowledge and contemporary skills essential for addressing diverse healthcare needs.
    Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil's resolute efforts led to the vision of offering rural meritorious students the chance to become proficient, suitable, and community-focused healthcare providers. This initiative not only empowered rural youth but also enhanced the accessibility of essential tertiary and critical healthcare services to underserved rural populations, thereby providing an added advantage to the rural poor.

  • School of Public Health and Social Medicine (SPHSM)

    Social Medicine encompasses diverse dimensions and disciplines impacting human health, making it a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional field. Recognizing the limitations of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM), Community Dentistry, Community Nursing, and Community Physiotherapy in holistically addressing societal needs was the driving force behind establishing the separate School of Public Health and Social Medicine (SPHSM).

    • Analyse health issues among rural and vulnerable community segments to devise viable solutions within the prevailing social framework.
    • Identify structural limitations hindering health interventions in communities.
    • Educate and foster students' expertise in social medicine, rural health, and allied health sciences.
    • Initiate and encourage research and academic excellence in social medicine and related sciences.
    • Deliver inclusive primary healthcare tailored to community needs.

Leadership Team

  • Rajendra Eknathrao Vikhe


  • Suvarna Rajendra Vikhe Patil


  • Dhruv Rajendra Vikhe Patil


  • Radhakrishna Eknathrao Vikhe Patil


  • Monika Swapnil Sawant


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    F 138 Ahmednagar

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