The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Sevagram was started in the year 1969 by Kasturba Health Society as gandhi Centenary Project. The financial expenditure of this institute is shared by the Govt. of India, Govt. of Maharashtra and KHS in the ratio of 50 : 25 : 25. This Institute is based upon Kasturba Hospital, the only hospital to have been started by Mahatma Gandhi himself. The Institute is engaged in providing the latest and the best possible medical facilities to the rural population and in training doctors, research workers, postgraduate students and to prepare personnel relevant to the needs of our country. Apart from carrying out a number of research projects on community health problems, healthcare services have been made easily available to the rural community in the surrounding villages.

This Institute has been carrying on active research programmes on various community health problems. The Department of Biochemistry has been actively engaged in research studies in the field of immunodiagnostic kit for human filariasis for the first time in the world. The departments of Microbiology and Community Medicine have undertaken a research project on short course intermittent chemotherapy, in pulmonary tuberculosis. The Department of Community Medicine has also undertaken studies on multidrug therapy and dapsone toxicity in leprosy. The Department of Medicine has carried out extensive studies as the clinical features and immunological parameters of sickling and also initiated studies on the immunodiagnosis of tuberculosis.

The centre is planning to establish a VSAT link to the NIC-MEDLAR Centre to provide an easy and quick access to medical literature to the health professionals engaged in providing medical care to the rural people of this area.


Dr. Bhaskar C. Harinath
Director - Professor
J.B. Tropical Disease Research Centre & Dept. of Biochemistry
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences
Sewagram, Maharashtra - 442 102
Phone : (044) 2351698, 2350699, 2351229
Fax : 044-2351319
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