Dr Praveen Prasad, sharing smiles at Asha



“We often forget that we are a human being and not human doing,” says Dr Praveen Prasad.
Dr Praveen Prasad (MD, Neurosurgeon at Mercy Medical Group & Director at Dignity Health Neurosciences Institute, Sacramento, USA), visited Asha on December 14th, 2018. He and his wife Dr Nalini Prasad are long-time Asha supporter who open their house annually for Asha events at Sacramento.

Dr Praveen Prasad along with the CHVs
Dr Praveen Prasad along with the CHVs
During his visit to Asha, Dr Praveen went around the polyclinic at Asha’s headquarter. He interacted with the patients, the Healthcare Consultant Dr Ranju and the Community Health Volunteers (CHVs). They discussed the health scenario in Asha slums and the medical devices available. He took a walk to the Laboratory, O.P.D and the X-Ray room as well. The Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) explained about their dedicated work in the Asha slum and how the transformation took place over the thirty years.
Dr Praveen then visited the Asha’s Kusumpur Pahari Slum Community where a large crowd of Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members and Asha students swarmed around to greet him with the garland of flowers that left him overwhelmed. After a quick interaction with the Mahila Mandal, he discussed the career opportunities with the children also gave them some career advice.
Dr Praveen being welcomed at Asha center
Dr Praveen being welcomed at Asha center
The incredible success stories of Asha’s intervention and the bravery of the slum dwellers made Dr Praveen praise them all and he quoted, “You should always lend a helping hand to others, whether time, money or energy; you must pay-it-forward”.
He bid adieu to the community by saying “The first giving is the hardest, the second one is easy and the next is easier”.
Later in the afternoon, Dr. Praveen Prasad met Dr. Kiran, Founder and Director of Asha.
Here are a few glimpses from his visit:
Dr Praveen posing with Asha student
Dr Praveen posing with Asha student
Dr Praveen on a visit around the slum
Dr Praveen on a visit around the slum
Dr Praveen with the Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members
Dr Praveen with the Mahila Mandal (Women’s Association) members
Dr Praveen visiting a slum dweller’s shanty
Dr Praveen visiting a slum dweller’s shanty