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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Johns Hopkins Alumni Win India’s Padma Shri Award

Two alumni, Dr. Abhay T. Bang, and Dr. Rani Abhay Bang, were honored last week with the Padma Shri Award, in the category of Medicine, by the Government of India. The husband-and-wife team are the founders of Society for Education, Action and Research on Community Health (SEARCH) and have devoted their careers to improving the health of people in rural India. Working in the Gadchiroli district, they developed a community care model that is now national health policy in India and widely replicated in other developing countries. The Bang’s home-based package of neonatal care — delivered by village women trained through SEARCH — led to a dramatic drop in infant mortality.