Events

EVENTS:

COMMONWEALTH ASIA SYMPOSIUM ON MIGRATION OF HEALTH WORKERS, NEW DELHI, INDIA,17-18 NOVEMBER 2008.

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY IN COMMONWEALTH ASIA, HOTEL MANIPAL COUNTY, BENGALURU, KARNATAKA, INDIA, 6-8 DECEMBER 2008.

60 th COMMONWEALTH ANNIVERSSARY CELEBRATION, LONDON UK, 27-28 APRIL 2009.

FREE MEASUREMENT & DISTRIBUTION CAMP OF AIDS & APPLIANCES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, NAGPUR, MS, 28-30 JANUARY 2010.

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY CELEBRATION – 2 nd APRIL 2010, NAGPUR, INDIA

CONTINUING REHABILITATION PROGRAMME (CRE), NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 10-12 MARCH 2014.

WORKSHOP ON ORIENTATION TO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSON WITH DISABILIES, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 10 MAY 2014.

CRE PROGRAMME ON PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 25 FEBRUARY 2015.

50 th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LONDON, UK, 9-10 MARCH 2015.

CRE PROGRAMME ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, MUMBAI, MS, INDIA, 26 & 27 FEBRUARY 2017.

WORKSHOP ON FIGHTING CHALLENGES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 15 APRIL 2017.

WORKSHOP ON SURGICAL INSIGHT IN MANAGEMENT OF SPASTICITY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 28 MAY 2017.

CRE PROGRAMME ON PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 15 JULY 2017.

52 nd ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LONDON, UK, 2017.

HEALTH CHECK-UP CAMP, AT+POST -----, TAHSIL UMRED, DIST. NAGPUR, 2017.

DISTRIBUTION OF MEDICINES AND ORTHOPEDIC APPLIANCES – CRUTCHES/WHEELCHAIRS, NAGPUR, 2017.

FREE SURGICAL CAMP FOR CLUBFOOT PATIENTS, NAGPUR 2017

STATE LEVEL SPORTS COMPETITION FOR SPECIALLY CHALLENGED, NAGPUR 2017

COMMUNITY AWARENESS PROGRAMME RALLY ON DISABILITY CAUSED BY SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND ITS REMEDY – 2017

WORKSHOP ON AUTISM – CHALLENGES & BEYOND -DEC 2017

ADVANCED PHYSIOTHERAPY WORKSHOP ON SPINE, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 2 nd SEPTEMBER 2018.

PATRONAGE TO HANDIFLIGHT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 1 st WEEK OF JANUARY 2019.

World Autism Awareness Day Celebration, Nagpur, MS, India, 2 nd April 2019.

Pre Vocational Training Workshop for Special (Autistic) Children, Nagpur, MS, India, 2 nd April 2019.

COMMONWEALTH ASIA SYMPOSIUM ON MIGRATION OF HEALTH WORKERS, NEW DELHI, INDIA, 17-18 NOVEMBER 2008.

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY IN COMMONWEALTH ASIA, HOTEL MANIPAL COUNTY, BENGALURU, KARNATAKA, INDIA, 6-8 DECEMBER 2008.

60 th COMMONWEALTH ANNIVERSSARY CELEBRATION, LONDON UK, 27-28 APRIL 2009.

This was a great achievement. Our Secretary General Dr Uday Bodhankar attended and was invited by Patron of Commonwealth Foundation Her Majesty Hon’ble Queen Elizabeth II on 28 th April 2009 for celebration of 60 th year of Commonwealth Foundation at London UK.

FREE MEASUREMENT & DISTRIBUTION CAMP OF AIDS & APPLIANCES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, NAGPUR, MS, 28-30 JANUARY 2010.

In the year 2010-11 Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, New Delhi, Govt. of India had sanctioned the amount of 40.00 Lakhs under the scheme of ADIP for Nagpur District. COMHAD participated in organizing Govt. aided free Measurement and Distribution Camp of Aids & Appliances for persons with disabilities on 28 th , 29 th , and 30 th January 2010 at The Blind Relief Association, North Ambazari Road, near Dikshabhumi, Nagpur, India. The selected persons with disabilities had been benefitted with free distribution of Tricycles, Wheel Chairs, Crutches, Walking Sticks, Braille Cane Folding, Braille Slates and Hearing Aids.

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY CELEBRATION – 2 nd APRIL 2010, NAGPUR, INDIA

We started with activities for the disabled by taking part in the rally organized for awareness of Autism in general public on 2 nd April 2010 at Nagpur, India on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day. About 1000 autistic children and their parents and their caretaker doctors took part in this gigantic rally displaying posters, banners etc. to make the public aware. This was in association with the parent’s organization of autistic children named as “VISWAS”.

CONTINUING REHABILITATION PROGRAMME (CRE), NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 10-12 MARCH 2014.

Continuing Rehabilitation Education Programme (CRE) on “Inclusive Education” was held on 10 th and 12 th March 2014 at Nagpur, MS, India.

WORKSHOP ON ORIENTATION TO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSON WITH DISABILIES, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 10 MAY 2014.

Training Programme on “Orientation to International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” was held on 10 th May 2014 at Nagpur, MS, India.

CRE PROGRAMME ON PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 25 FEBRUARY 2015.

Continuing Rehabilitation Education Programme on “Psychological Intervention for Children with Developmental Delay” was held on 25 th February 2015 at Indian Medical association Hall, Nagpur, MS, India.

50 th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LONDON, UK, 9-10 MARCH 2015.

We are happy to report that to mark the occasion of celebration Hon Prof Dr Mrudula Phadke had joined Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth, Head of the Commonwealth in Westminster Abbey, on 9 th March 2015. Next day Prof Dr Mrudula Phadke has graced this prestigious function of “50 th Anniversary Celebration of Commonwealth Secretariat” at Marlborough House, London UK, on 10 th March 2015, on invitation of His Excellency Shri Kamalesh Sharma Secretary General Commonwealth of Nations, London UK.

CRE PROGRAMME ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, MUMBAI, MS, INDIA, 26 & 27 FEBRUARY 2017.

Continuing Rehabilitation Education Programme on “Inclusive Education” was held on 26 th & 27 th February 2017 at Mumbai, MS, India. Total beneficiaries were 80 including Physiotherapists and Developmental therapists.

WORKSHOP ON FIGHTING CHALLENGES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 15 APRIL 2017.

Workshop on Fighting Challenges for Disabled Children was conducted with the help of UNICEF for the Medical Officers working at Primary Health Centre and District Hospital on 15 th April 2017 at Nagpur, MS, India.

WORKSHOP ON SURGICAL INSIGHT IN MANAGEMENT OF SPASTICITY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 28 MAY 2017.

This is a yearly activity of COMHAD conducted by our esteemed member Dr Viraj Shingade Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon on 28 th May 2017 at Children Orthopedic Care Institute, Besides Haldiram, Ajni square, Wardha Road, Nagpur, MS, India. Dr Sanil Koyili Occupational Therapist and Dr Urmila Dahake Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician were Co-coordinators for this workshop. It was live presentation demonstrating operative skills. Workshop was attended by 112 beneficiaries such as Physiotherapist, Neurologist, Developmental therapist, Orthopedic surgeon and Pediatricians.

CRE PROGRAMME ON PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 15 JULY 2017.

Continuing Rehabilitation Education Programme on “Psychological Intervention for Children with Developmental Delay” was held on 15 th July 2017 at Indian Medical Association Hall Nagpur, MS, India. Total 99 people beneficiaries got educated with hands on training.

52 nd ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT, LONDON, UK, 2017.

On behalf of COMHAD Prof Ramesh Mehta has graced this prestigious function of 52 nd Anniversary Celebration of Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House, London, UK.

HEALTH CHECK-UP CAMP, AT+POST -----, TAHSIL UMRED, DIST. NAGPUR, 2017.

Health check-up camp was organized with the help of NGO’s. Health check-up along with distribution of medicines and some rehabilitation equipment were made to the needy beneficiaries.

DISTRIBUTION OF MEDICINES AND ORTHOPEDIC APPLIANCES – CRUTCHES/WHEELCHAIRS, NAGPUR, 2017.

Medicines and orthopedic appliances such as crutches or wheelchairs were distributed to the needy 28 patients admitted in Dr Viraj Shingade’s hospital for TEV & Club foot corrections. Also some equipment for their rehabilitation were donated.

FREE SURGICAL CAMP FOR CLUBFOOT PATIENTS , NAGPUR,2017

Free surgical camp for Clubfoot patients was organized at Dr Viraj Shingade’s Hospital with some financial help from COMHAD UK. Surgical services were provided by Dr Viraj Shingade and one Plastic Surgeon Dr Choure. Total 450 patients were screened out of those 28 patients operated.

STATE LEVEL SPORTS COMPETITION FOR SPECIALLY CHALLENGED, NAGPUR,2017

The State level sports competition for specially challenged children was held at Nagpur during PEDICON 2018 at venue with the help of Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Total 300 specially challenged children participated. The competitions were held for three consecutive days with inclusion of various sports such as athletics, running, racing etc. Expenses incurred for their stay and their prizes were born by COMHAD

COMMUNITY AWARENESS PROGRAMME RALLY ON DISABILITY CAUSED BY SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND ITS REMEDY – 2017 .

The programme was held in the form of a rally at Nagpur, MS, India with participation of about 1200 parents of children suffering from Sickle Cell disease, and other people from community and doctors. Messages of awareness were displayed on posters carried by the participants during rally. Later on at API Hall of Government Medical College Nagpur MS India the participants were made aware of the disability caused by Sickle cell disease its remedy and its prevention, by the experts doctors with interactive deliberations.

WORKSHOP ON AUTISM – CHALLENGES & BEYOND – 2017 .

The workshop was held at Public Health Institute Hall Nagpur, MS, India, with the combined efforts of Mrs Phadke Social worker, Dr Jaya Shiwalkar Developmental Pediatrician & Child Psychologist, Dr Shubhada Khirwadkar Pediatric cum Adolescent councilor. The workshop was attended by about 150 beneficiaries such as parents of disabled child, school teachers, physiotherapist, neurologist, psychologist, developmental therapist and media reporters. The programme was highly appreciated by all and later on was published in local daily news-papers and was telecasted on local TV channels.

ADVANCED PHYSIOTHERAPY WORKSHOP ON SPINE, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 2 nd SEPTEMBER 2018.

Advanced Physiotherapy Workshop on Spine was held on 2 nd September 2018 at 10 am at Madhukar Bhavan, RSS Sankul, Reshimbag, NAGPUR 440009. Inaugurated at the hands of Dr Viral Kamdar, Director Din Dayal Institute of Medical Sciences & Human Resource Development & Advisor to Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkariji, Union Minister Govt of India. The function was presided by International President Dr Uday Bodhankar. Guest of honour was Dr Umanjali Damke Director Physiotherapy College GMC Nagpur and Guest Faculty was Dr Rahul Chaudhari Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Hallam University Sheffield UK at present practicing at Akola. Organizing Chairman was Dr Nawal Jaiswal and Organizing Secretary was Dr Roshan Bodhke. Delegates participating about 30 were from Physiotherapy colleges and practicing physiotherapist from Nagpur and all over Vidarbha. After completion of Workshop the Certificates were distributed at the hands of International President Dr Uday Bodhankar. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr Yashwant Patil Advisor COMHAD.

NAVODAY EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY SPECIALLY ABLED CHILDREN, BY YE ZINDAGI FOUNDATION & COMHAD, NAGPUR, OCTOBER 2018.

Navoday exhibition of paintings by specially-abled children was organized on the auspicious occasion of World Cerebral Palsy Day (7-10-2019) by Ye Zindagi foundation Nagpur 440022 in collaboration with COMHAD, at Darda Art Gallery at Lokmat Building, Lokmat Square Wardha Road Nagpur on 5th, 6th and 7th October 2018. These paintings were made through training by persons who are afflicted by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and slow learners, etc, from age group 5 yrs to 50 years, from 12 schools for differently-abled. Their imagination and observation capabilities were captured and emerged vibrantly in these paintings with the efforts of Mrs. Snehal Kashyap founder of Ye Zindagi Foundation. The purpose of the training in painting and exhibition was to help these persons to develop skills which will help them to sustain when they have to fend for themselves. These were kept for display and sale for the general public for 3 days to know the skill and ability of specially challenged children, where 70% of the cost would go to the concerned person who made it. The exhibition was inaugurated at the hands of Dr. Uady Bodhankar International President of COMHAD and Prof. Hemant Nagdiwe Former Principal Govt Art College, in the presence of Former MLA Shri Dinanath Padole, Shri Abhijit Raut, and Film celebrity Shri Yogesh Parihar.

PATRONAGE TO HANDIFLIGHT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, NAGPUR, MS, INDIA, 1 st WEEK OF JANUARY 2019.

With the help of local Lions Club Member Mr T Shravankumar we had a meeting with two physically disabled pilots Mr Mike Lomberg of South Africa & Mr Guillaume Feral of France, members of Handiflight Intrnational organization, who were on a mission to cover 80000 kms of the world in 10 months on two CTLS light sports aircraft, each having two seats. One seat for pilot and other for keeping lifeboat and other safety equipment. Both manned two separate aeroplanes individually and were with two member back-up team in third plane. They were flying around the world to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities and to combat discrimination. The traveling route was to take them across 40 countries and six continents through 150 staging points where they were guests of local Lion’s club. They were sponsored by International Lion’s Club. During their stay of three days in Nagpur they interacted with school, college students and youths with disabilities to encourage them to do better in life. On this occasion we on behalf of COMHAD donated a small token of appreciation to them in the form of donation of Rs 15000/- by cheque.

OMAG 2 nd Annual Meeting During Dermacon International Conference, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, 20 th January 2019.

The 2 nd Annual Meeting of Organized Medical Association Guild (OMAG) was held during Dermacon International Conference on 20th January 2019 at Clarks Exotica, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. OMAG is a collaborative effort of national associations related to health and government organizations dealing with health and health-related outcomes. OMAG is dedicated to promoting values of collaboration, excellence, innovation, and commitment in delivering on the implementation of the national health agenda.
The idea of forming such an organization is to accelerate efforts by all stakeholders as a collective to force progress towards a country safe from various threats to health such as infectious diseases, biological – naturally occurring, intentional, or accidental, identify and prioritize key health issues in non-communicable diseases, establish the capacity to promote primary health care, medical education- teaching and training, and patient care and research.
COMHAD being one of the members of OMAG, the meeting was attended by Executive Director COMHAD Dr. Uday Bodhankar & International President COMHAD Dr. Yashwant Patil.

World Autism Awareness Day Celebration, Nagpur, MS, India, 2 nd April 2019.

We COMHAD members participated in 11 th World Autism Awareness Day celebration on 2 nd April in association with Prayas School for Children with Special Needs, Sarvodaya Ashram, Near Bole Petrol Pump, Dharampeth, Nagpur and South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Civil Lines Nagpur.

On this occasion “Walk for Autism” rally was flagged off by International President COMHAD Dr Yashwant Patil and Executive Director COMHAD Dr Uday Bodhankar. Rally was taken out in evening from Prayas School to Muktangan, SCZCC. Over 120 students, their parents and doctors and some philanthropists participated in the rally, with the aim of spreading awareness on the issues circling autism, by displaying messages on placards and banners.

Later at Muktangan, specially abled children of Prayas School and their parents performed various acts and put up a fashion show in the cultural evening held at SCZCC. It was followed by Orchestra by Md. Rafi Fans Cultural Organization.

Director SCZCC Mr Deepak Khirwadkar was the Chief Guest, while International President COMHAD Dr Yashwant Patil and Executive Director COMHAD Dr Uday Bodhankar and Mr Pande President Vidarbha Industries Association were the Guests of Honor. Other dignitaries present were Mr Ritesh Diwe, President and Mrs Kiran Binkar Diwe, Secretary Prayas School, along with other distinguished guests such as Social Workers Mr Sharad Gopidasji Bagdi and Mr Dilip Gour.

On this occasion COMHAD News Letter was released at the hands of Chief Guest Mr Deepak Khirwadkar in the presence of other office bearers of COMHAD on the stage (Dr Pradeep Jaiswal Secretary General COMHAD UK, Dr Vasant Khalatkar National President COMHAD India Chapter, Dr R G Patil Vice President COMHAD India Chapter, Dr Dinesh Saroj COMHAD UK Coordinator, Dr Jaya Shivalkar President Adolescent Health Academy Nagpur Chapter, and Dr Shubhada Khirwadkar President elect Academy of Pediatrics Nagpur Branch).

Pre Vocational Training Workshop for Special (Autistic) Children, Nagpur, MS, India, 2nd April 2019

Pre Vocational Training Workshop for Special (Autistic) Children was held on 2nd April 2019 at Sanmvedana School for Children with Autism for self-empowerment. The Chief Guest for the inauguration of this workshop was International President COMHAD Dr. Yashwant Patil and Guests of honor were Dr Jaya Shivalkar President Adolescent Health Academy Nagpur Chapter, and Dr. Shubhada Khirwadkar President-elect Academy of Pediatrics Nagpur Branch.

Health Camp at Khaparde Farm House at Wadegaon, Umred Road, Tahsil Umred, Dist. Nagpur, 2nd August 2019

Health camp was organized at Khaparde Farm House at Wadegaon, Umred Road, Tahsil Umred, Dist Nagpur on 2-8-2019 with the help of other NGOs such as IAP, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, and IAPSM. Around 400 pediatric school children and the general public including doctors, social reformists, social workers were invited to camp which was followed by lunch. Health checkups of all attending, distribution of medicines, health education and awareness lessons, and school bags to each school child were delivered.

Medical Health Camp at Vadange, Tal Karveer, Dist. Kolhapur, MS, India, 15th August 2019

Medical camp was organized for flood-affected patients at Vadange, Tal Karveer, Dist Kolhapur by COMHAD and COMHAD India Chapter along with Rotary Club Kolhapur on 15th August 2019. More than 100 children were examined, given free medicines, and guided with health talks by Dr. Prakash Sanghavi and Dr. Sandip Patil.
Dr. Prakash Sanghavi Vice President (Asia) COMHAD, Dr. Ramesh Nigade Secretary COMHAD India Chapter, and doctors from Rotary Club – Dr. Sandip Patil, Dr. Pravin Hendre, Dr. Shah, and Dr. Pote actively participated in the success of the camp.
Mrs. Snehal Poonatar Inner Wheel member of the Rotary club distributed new clothes and sanitary napkins to the needy members. The camp was well organized

Medical Diagnostic & Health Awareness Camp, Deaf & Dumb School Saoner, Dist. Nagpur, MS, India, 13 October 2019

Medical Diagnostic and Health Awareness camp was organized by the Indian Medical Association Saoner branch in association with COMHAD on 13th October 2019 at Deaf & Dumb School Saoner, Dist. Nagpur.
The event was inaugurated by lighting the Samai at the hands of Chief Guest Dr. Yashwant Patil International President COMHAD. The Guests of honours were Dr Prakash Ukey Treasurer COMHAD, Dr. Vijay Dhote Jt. Secretary COMHAD and Dr. Sangeeta Jain President IMA Saoner branch. During the inaugural guidance speech Dr Yashwant Patil, health awareness was given, regarding the importance of nutrition during the preconception period and during & after the pregnancy period to prevent various disabilities in offspring. Personal hygiene was explained by Dr. Sangeeta Jain President IMA Saoner Branch in her speech. The response was positive from the attendees, and overall the camp was successful. The hospitality given by the host was commendable.
On this occasion on behalf of COMHAD Dr. Yashwant Patil donated a cheque of Rs 5000/- to the school for the welfare of the specially challenged.
Total beneficiaries were about 84 students of the school who were especially challenged. Diagnostic check-up of all students was done and essential medicines were distributed with counseling of parents. Dr. Vijay Dhote, Dr. Ashok Ghate, Dr. Nilesh Kumbhare, Dr. Jyotsna Dhote, Dr. Vilas Mankar, Dr. Prachi Bhagal, and Dr. Nitin Padole conducted health check-up.

World Disability Day Celebration by Prayas, Nagpur, MS, India, 3 December 2019

World Disability Day was celebrated on 3rd December 2019 at Walkers Road Zone, Japani Garden, Civil Lines Nagpur in association with COMHAD. It was organized by “PRAYAS School for Children with Special Needs”, Sarvodaya Ashram, Near Bole Petrol Pump, Dharampeth Nagpur 440010. Shri Ritesh Diwe President and Mrs. Kiran Diwe Secretary Prayas School were kind enough to involve COMHAD for the good cause.
Our Executive Director Dr Uday Bodhankar was Chief Guest, and active social worker Shri Sharad Gopaldasji Bagdi was the Guest of Honour for this function.
On this occasion “Walk for Disability” rally was flagged off by our Executive Director Dr. Uday Bodhankar and Shri Sharad Bagdi, on walker’s road in Japani Garden and ended in the premises of the garden itself.
Beneficiaries over 120 students, their parents and doctors, and some philanthropists participated in the rally, with the aim of spreading awareness on the issues circling Disability, by displaying messages on placards and banners for the society.

World Disability Day Celebration by Ashadeep (Apang Mahila Bal Vikas Sanstha), Nagpur, MS, India, 8 December 2019

World Disability Day was celebrated on 8th December 2019 at Scientific Society Hall, Laxminagar, Nagpur in association with COMHAD and Rotary Club of Nagpur. It was organized by “Ashadeep” organization for the welfare of “Apang Mahila Bal Vikas Sanstha’ i. e. Specially Challenged Women and Children in society. Dr. Pratima Shashtri, President Ashadeep, and Mrs. Aparna Kulkarni, Secretary Ashadeep, were kind enough to involve COMHAD for the good cause, with the help of Dr. Jaya Shivalkar Consultant Child Neurodevelopmental Specialist Nagpur.
Our Executive Director Dr. Uday Bodhankar was one of the Guests of Honor for this function. We contributed in the form of a donation of Rs 5000/- to the Apang Mahila Bal Vikas Sanstha, Nagpur.
The function named “Tan Apang – Man Abhang” was unique in the form of musical songs depicting the theme of the program “A Step Ahead for Making Society Specially Challenged Friendly”. The singers were Gunvant Ghatwai, Manjiri Vaidya and Mukul Pande.
The beneficiaries were about 500 attending the function.

Nagpur District Conference for Specially Challenged (SAKSHAM), Nagpur, MS, India, 15 December 2019

This was organized by SAKSHAM a National Organization (Samdrushti Kshamatavikas & Anusandhan Mandal) which looks after the overall development and welfare of specially challenged in the community, on 15th December 2019 at Maharshi Vyas Hall, Dr. Hedgewar Smarak Samiti Smruti Mandir area, Reshimbagh, Nagpur 44009.
The conference was inaugurated at the hands of Honorable Shri Sandeep Joshi, Mayor, Nagpur Municipal Corporation Nagpur. The Guest of Honour was Hon Shri Deepak Tamshettiwar, Treasurer RSS Vidarbha Region, in the presence of our Executive Director COMHAD Dr. Uday Bodhankar who himself was Chairman of the Organizing Committee of this conference.
The program ended with a Valedictory function with felicitation of the dignitaries. The valedictory function was presided over by Honorable Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport & Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Govt of India.
The beneficiaries attending this conference were about 300.

Workshop on Footsteps towards handling Learning Difficulties in Children, 1st and 2nd February 2020, Nagpur, MS, India.

COMHAD in association with Academy of Pediatrics, Nagpur & Adolescent Health Academy Nagpur jointly organized two workshops on Learning Difficulties in children on 1st and 2nd February 2020 at Nagpur, MS, India.
The first workshop was on 1st February 2020 for teachers from schools all over Vidarbha, who were trained by Dr. Sivaprakasam from Chennai on early spotting, referral & remedial intervention of children with normal IQ but who still have scholastic difficulties because of a specific learning disorder. The workshop was held in the School of Scholars, Atrey Layout, Nagpur.
Through activities & games, Dr. Sivaprakasam sensitized & trained the teachers to spot specific Learning Disabilities in their classrooms using simple tools & techniques. Principal, School of Scholars, Atrey Layout, Mrs. Rekha Nair & her team worked hard to host this workshop. Dr. Shubhada Khirwadkar, President of the Academy of Pediatrics(AOP), Nagpur welcomed the dignitaries & highlighted the need for such innovative workshops for teachers & doctors which would in turn benefit thousands of such learning challenged children.
Dr. Uday Bodhankar inaugurated the workshop & praised the efforts of the entire team of doctors for their work with schools to help these children. Mrs. Abha Meghe presided over the function. The number of beneficiaries were about more than 100.
On 2nd February, a similar workshop for more than 60 doctors was conducted at Jaivik Hall, Orange City Hospital.
Dr. Shubhada Khirwadkar, President, AOP, Adolescent Pediatrician & Counselor spoke on ABC of learning, Dr. Leena Deshpande, noted developmental pediatrician from Mumbai decoded myths & facts about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, while Dr. Sivaprakasam spoke on Learning Disorders.
In both the programs, winner children who have overcome their learning challenges were felicitated.
The program ended with an interesting panel discussion on "The way forward…" which was moderated in a novel manner by Dr. Sanjay Ratnaparkhi from Yavatmal. Dr. Nishikant Kotwal, Dr. Uday Bodhankar, Dr. Swati Waghmare, President, AHA, Nagpur, Dr. R G Patil, Dr. Dinesh Saroj, Dr. Jaya Shivalkar, Mrs. Abha Meghe Director, MGS & special educator Suhasini were the panelists. The panelists agreed to work together for helping the cause of learning disabled children.
Dr. Mustafa Ali, Secretary & Dr. Pankaj Agrawal, Treasurer, Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Vijay Dhote, Dr. Yashwant Patil, Dr. Prajakta kaduskar, Dr. R G Patil, Dr. Vasant Khalatkar, Dr. Anil Raut, Dr. Smita Desai, Dr. Kamalakar Deoghare, Dr. Abhijit Bharadwaj, Dr. Linesh Yawalkar, Dr. Avinash Gawande, Dr. Meena Deshmukh, Dr. Suvarna Nanoti, worked hard for the success of these workshops.

Health Awareness Camp at SANCHIE, Pitesur Village, Dist Nagpur, MS, India, 5 July 2020

SANCHIE is the center of Non-Government Organisation ‘Bahujan Hitay Samajik Bandhilki Sanstha, Nagpur, the brainchild of Ayushman Dr. Shankar Khobragade, working for the slum area needy children, helping them in education and personality development.
We the members of COMHAD - Prof. Dr. M. S. Rawat, Advisor COMHAD, Dr. Yashwant Patil International President COMHAD along with Dr. Uday Bodhankar Executive Director COMHAD visited this place, on special request of Dr. Shankar Khobragade on 5th July 2020. The function was well attended by the esteemed members of SANCHIE, Bhadant Sumedh Bodhi Sthvir, and the little children of the village.
After a formal introduction and welcome of the guests from COMHAD, health awareness talks on personal hygiene and nutrition were delivered by Dr. M. S. Rawat, Dr. Uday Bodhankar, and Dr. Yashwant Patil for the knowledge of villagers present for the promotion of the health of their kids.
On behalf of COMHAD, we distributed masks, sweets to the children. Total beneficiaries were about 70. We also declared financial help of Rs 5000/- (in favor of- Bahujan Hitay Samajik Bandhilki Sanstha Nagpur) from COMHAD for purchasing the raincoats and footwears for the needy children. No doubt this function was unique and memorable.

Corona Warriors Felicitation by COMHAD & CHPA UK, Nagpur, MS, India, July-August 2020

During this challenging period of war against Covid 19, we the members of COMHAD recently in the month of July and August 2020, felicitated, appreciated various sincere Government servants, bureaucrats, and politicians by conferring “Corona Warrior Honour” for their outstanding commitment, contribution, selfless service with dedication as frontline Corona Warriors.
This was with meeting them individually in their good offices with prior appointment and presenting them a memento with appreciation words on it, shawl and bouquet. Dr. Yashwant Patil International President COMHAD, Dr. Uday Bodhankar Executive Director COMHAD & Deputy Chairperson CHPA the UK, and Dr. M. S. Rawat Advisor COMHAD & others had the opportunity to felicitate these people. With this COMHAD has proudly fulfilled its longstanding commitment or wish of appreciating and honoring these frontline Corona warriors. COMHAD members present during felicitation assured them that COMHAD is a part of this ongoing war against Covid 19.
All of them in their capacity went ahead in this war against Covid 19 epidemic, took their responsibilities sincerely, worked tirelessly with commendable contribution, and helped Covid 19 affected patients in addition by following their regular duties.
Due to these combined efforts of all of them, the Nagpur district was much safer than other districts in the division. They set an example for every one of excellence in leadership & effective management of people/other resources.
These eminent personalities felicitated are – Honorable Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & Minister of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Govt. of India Honorable Shri Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Former Chief Minister Maharashtra Padmashri Dr. Vikas Haribhau Mahatme, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Hon’ble Shri Sandip Joshi, Mayor of Nagpur Hon’ble Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Nagpur Hon’ble Shri Ravindra H. Thakare, Collector Nagpur District Hon’ble Dr. Bhushankumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police Nagpur Hon’ble Shri Tukaram Mundhe, Municipal Commissioner Nagpur Hon’ble Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary Medical Education & Drugs Dept. Govt. of Maharashtra Hon’ble Maj. Gen. Dr. Vibha Dutta, SM, Director AIIMS Nagpur Hon’ble Dr. Sajal Mitra, Dean GMCH Nagpur Hon’ble Dr. Ajay Keoliya, Dean IGGMCH Nagpur Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Director Health Services Nagpur Dr. Avinash Gawande, Medical Superintendent GMCH Nagpur Dr. Ravi Chauhan, Medical Superintendent IGGMCH Nagpur Dr. Manish B. Shrigiriwar, Medical Superintendent AIIMS Nagpur Dr. Meena Mishra, Professor of Microbiology AIIMS Nagpur Shri Ajay Badrinarayan Soni, Chief Editor Pharmacist Times, National President ABPWA

National Webinar on Covid-19 for Parents – Panel Discussion on Care of Children in COVID, 21 August 2020

National virtual webinar for parents – Panel Discussion on Care of Children in Covid, was held on 21-8-2020 from 8 PM to 9 PM. This was organized by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics as host, wherein our Executive Director Dr. Uday Bodhankar actively participated as one of the faculties. Other faculties were Dr. Bakul Parekh National President IAP & Dr. R K Gupta National Executive Member IAP. The Moderators for Panel Discussion were Dr. Shekhar Dabhadkar National VP West Zone IAP & Dr. Swati Ghate. Total beneficiaries were about 200.

Patronage to Panchavati Ashram – Home for Senior Citizens, Umred Road, Nagpur, MS, India, 12 November 2020

On behalf of COMHAD UK, Dr. Uday Bodhankar Executive Director COMHAD, Prof. M S Rawat Advisor COMHAD, & Prof Prakash Ukey Treasurer COMHAD visited the Panchavati Ashram of Matru Sewa Sangh – Home for Senior Citizens, Umred Road, Nagpur, and actively participated in the great humanitarian and philanthropic project of COMHAD. They distributed Diwali snacks packets to the respected senior citizens residing there and interacted with them on common health issues & sought their blessings for our future projects. This was on the occasion of Diwali which was celebrated with a difference. Total beneficiaries were about 50.
It was the most gratifying moment of our life to be associated with our own Senior citizens and were touched by the hearty welcome from all of them led by Mrs.Tikekar and Mrs. Bhagwat. COMHAD will always treasure the golden time spent together and sought blessings from them for our future projects.

Global Webinar on Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic, 28 November 2020, India. (Virtual).

Global Webinar on Infection, Prevention & Control Measures in response to COVID19 Pandemic, was organised by COMHAD in collaboration with Service Master India on Saturday dated 28th November 2020 from 6 PM to 8 PM (IST) in India on the Virtual platform of COMHAD. With the kind invitation and efforts of our Advisor Dr Sunil Khaparde who is Advisor Public Health PHO Mumbai Govt of India, this activity was organized by Dr Uday Bodhankar who handled the programme logistics with immense efforts and meticulous coordination and moderated the programme precisely with perfection.
The eminent faculties were Global and Indian Healthcare Experts and Scientists (Three Padma Shree, and Three International Faculties) from various specialities of health such as Pulmonary Medicine, Public Health, Environmental Science etc. from reputed National and International Institutions/Organizations, coveted with highest honours and positions. They are –
Hon. Dr Vikas Mahatme Padma Shri 2010, M.P Rajya Sabha who gave Key Note address on “Political commitment & Role of Govt. for prevention and control of Covid19”.
Dr Sunil Khaparde Advisor to Public Health SPL PHO Mumbai, Ex-Deputy Director-General TB, Ministry of Health and Family welfare GOI, talked on “Epidemiology and Containment strategy to prevent and control COVID19 in Mumbai”.
Dr Carrie Tudor – TB Project Director - International Council of Nurses USA, Ex Senior research coordinator – John Hopkins University school of medicine, Member of End TB Transmission initiative (ETTi), talked on “Introduction to Infection Prevention and control”.
Padma Shree (2020) Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, Former Head Scientist ICMR, talked on “CORONA Vaccine and Development”.
Dr Paul Jensen Former CDC Member the USA, Member of End TB Transmission initiative (ETTi), talked on “Basics of UVC technology in airborne infection and COVID19”.
Mr Bill Palmer Founder & President Aeromed USA, American Council-certified Environmental Infection Control Consultant, Air Filtration Specialist, Member Upper Room UV Technical Committee, talked on “Application of UVC technology in airborne infection and COVID19”.
Prof Sanjay Zodpey Vice President Academics – Public Health Foundation of India New Delhi, Director Indian Institute of Public Health New Delhi, President Indian Association of PSM. “Deciphering the mortality associated with COVID19”
Dr Ravindra Sarnaik – Director Leela Mores Chest Clinic Nagpur, Chairman NCCP Maharashtra, Specialist in Chest & TB Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine, talked on “Early detection and management of covid 19”.
Mr Edward D’Souza, President Service Master India, talked about “Environmental Infection Prevention and Control practises at Healthcare Facilities”.
Dr Digambar Behera Padma Shri 2020, Former Dean PGIMER, Ex-Senior Prof & Head Pulmonary Medicine, Ex-Director NITRD, Chairman National Task Force- NTEP/RNTCP, gave “Concluding Remarks” in detail.
In their deliberations, they discussed the concerns and solutions for infection, prevention and control measures in response to Covid 19 pandemic.
The total beneficiaries were about 140.

Publication of NGO’s DIRECTORY OF INSTITUTIONS FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN & RPWD ACT PROVISIONS (2016), December 2020, Nagpur, MS, India.

The NGO’s Directory of Institutions for Special Children and RPWD Act Provisions (2016) was published and released in the month of December 2020 at Nagpur, at the hands of Honourable Shri Nitin Jayram Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & MSME, GOI.
This was a unique project of COMHAD, the first of its kind published to date. In this Directory, there is the inclusion of contact details, gathered from reliable sources, of various Institutions of Specially Challenged run by various NGOs, Government and private institutions all over Maharashtra. There is also the inclusion of details of RPWD Act Provisions (2016) which will make the society aware of educational, vocational, and employment-related information and provisions available for the specially challenged board examinations.
The Directory is a brainchild of our innovative Executive Director Dr. Uday Bodhankar who has taken the initiative. The gigantic work of compiling the data alphabetically – place and speciality wise in this unique Directory were fruitful with the immense efforts of Dr Jaya Shiwalkar and Dr Dinesh Saroj followed by meticulous editing by Dr Shrikant Chorghade.
This Directory will benefit various institutions and professionals working in the field of specially challenged.

Publication of Articles in Journals by Members

COMHAD is honoured with publication of Research and Review articles in various prestigious International and National Journals.


Research Article by Prof Dr Mrudula Phadke, published on 12 October 2020.

Covid-19 & Nutrients – Journal of Antivirals and Antiretrovirals, Vol.12 Iss.5 No:205, published on 12 October 2020.


Research Article by Prof Dr H. Paramesh

Air Pollution: Impact on Children Health: Knowledge into action – Journal of Child Adolesc Health 2020, Volume 4 Issue 2: 32-37. Accepted on July 29th, 2020.


Review Article by Prof Dr H. Paramesh

Impact of Air Pollution, Climate change & Nutrition on Airway Allergic Diseases – Journal of the Pediatrics Association of India, Volume 9, Issue 1, January-March 2020.