This profile was prepared when Rani Bang was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1985.
The New Idea
The Bangs are moving to one of the country's most backwards districts, Gadchiroli (the southeastern corner of Maharashtra) this summer. Almost totally rural, it has a large tribal population, only 22 percent literacy, meagre transportation, and no industry. Health care is almost non-existent, although new government services are coming. Their idea is to improve health care services through research, service, and training which utilize and improve existing government programs and facilities.