We are a not for profit organization which integrates a multi-disciplinary approach of extending quality health care to a rural population. We are situated in rural Pune district in Maharashtra State which is one of the more progressive states of India. It is a rural area situated about 40 km from the Pune city.

Vadu Rural Health Program (VRHP)

The Vadu Rural Health Program, initiated in the late 1970s. Shirdi Saibaba Hospital situated in Vadu village, which is a 35 bed multi-disciplinary rural hospital provides secondary level medical care to a geographically well-defined population of about100 000 individuals residing in 22 villages.
KEM Hospital in Pune City, the parent institution is 550-bed hospital and provides tertiary level care. The outreach program was a unique example of public-private partnership between King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Pune and the District Health Services.

Health and Demographic Survelliance System

The Vadu HDSS is an independent system initiated in 2002 to monitor health trends, disease and vital events in the population served by the Vadu Rural Health Program. The surveillance system allocates a unique permanent identifier for each person residing in the 22 villages. A baseline was established in 2002. A household census conducted every six months enumerates all births, deaths and migrations. A verbal autopsy is conducted for all deaths that are then assigned a cause and ICD-10 code. The HDSS database complements hypothesis driven research by providing socio-demographic information at the individual and household level that may be relevant to address specific research questions. The HDSS database links all research studies implemented in the Vadu HDSS through its unique identifier.

Research at Vadu

The Vadu Rural Health Program has a long and rich legacy of clinical trials, intervention studies, disease burden studies, and social science research in public health. The research portfolio is diversified and includes maternal and child health, women’s health, communicable diseases (measles, influenza), and non-communicable diseases. Vadu is currently developing a platform for adult health and aging research.


Watch a short film on Vadu at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbqrCLoFgX4

Report by PHFI on Vadu at- http://research-sites.phfi.org/index.php/west/kem-vadu-maharashtra

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