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 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.


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, December 2017.
State Level Sports Competition for Specially Challenged, Nagpur, MS, India, 2018.
Workshop on Autism – Challenges & Beyond, Nagpur, MS, India, 2 April 2018.

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.


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 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.


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 disa

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 & Comhad , 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) & Comhad, 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.