Venue: Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street Carlton VIC 3053
Dr Moses will speak about his personal journey in establishing the Community Based Health Project (CBHP), a grassroots community development program, in Buldana, India. From difficult beginnings facing significant resource limitations and community resistance, to a program that now engages and serves numerous village communities and includes a preschool early education program, Dr Moses will share his experiences and insights into the realities of running a community development program in rural India.
Unique to the CBHP program is the strong partnership between CBHP in India and various student organisations in Australia, including CBHP Australia and Nexus Abroad. Dr Moses will speak about how global partnerships are shaping the face of rural India, and how Australian university students at the University of Melbourne are getting on board to support Dr Moses’ vision to challenge health and social injustices, in the Indian as well as the local Australian community.
About the Speaker:
Dr Moses Kharat was born into the dalit community, otherwise known as the ‘untouchables’. Growing up in a traditional community in the small town of Washim in Buldana, India, Dr Moses both witnessed and personally experienced caste discrimination, and the many sufferings and inequities of the poor and marginalised. Through the support of missionary organisations he was able to receive an education and realise his dream of becoming a doctor, and for many years practiced medicine in various hospitals and relief efforts around India, including the post-Tsunami relief effort in 2004.
Determined to see better health outcomes for the poorest in his home community, Dr Moses trained in community development at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed before returning to Buldana in 2010 to establish the Community Based Health Project (CBHP). Moses continues to work full-time directing this grassroots program, which has grown to include eight project villages serving a catchment of over 10,000 people. Through partnership with local, national and international community, his vision is to see every person in rural India empowered to overcome health and social injustices.