Guardian:Dr. Abhay Bang: de revolutionaire kinderarts

For more than 25 years, Dr Abhay Bang has dedicated his life to reducing infant mortality in the poorest areas of India. But his dazzling results owe little to the orthodoxy of western medicine and everything to his team of neonatally trained rural women

Dr Abhay Bang does not look like a pioneer. He sits across the table in a London conference room, his posture slight and upright, his beard neatly trimmed. He is wearing a grey suit and tie, his hair brushed precisely to the right. And yet despite the conventional appearance, this is the man who has revolutionised healthcare for the poorest people in India and who has overseen a programme that has sent infant mortality rates plummeting in one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world. Medical experts now believe that Dr Bang’s radical beliefs hold the key to tackling the myriad endemic health problems that blight the developing word.

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24 maart 2011