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Dr. Sumit Dubey: The Rural Dentist From India Who Is Restoring Smiles For Free !!

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Story by Mahima Gir Mehra

#SalamatRaho presents to you the touching and inspiring story of Hasnaa Foundation by Dr. Sumit Dubey.  He is on a mission to provide free dental service in every nook and corner of India. We wish you all the best.

“I will treat the ill to the best of my ability; I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat; I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honour.”

This is the pledge taken by every doctor, when he passes out. To serve his people to the best of his abilities and see that medical help reaches to all.

This journey is about one such passionate doctor, Dr.Sumit Dubey, belonging to a town called Gursahaiganj in district Kannauj, U.P.

The Story

His father, Dr.S.C Dubey, is a medical practitioner par excellence and has been rendering treatment to the people in and around Kannauj. 

His mother, Smt. Usha Dubey, is an advocate and an active social worker. She is, till date, working extensively towards upliftment of the less fortunate.

This was where the seed was laid, when a young boy got to see the impact of reaching out.

 Dr.Sumit is the youngest of three siblings. Once he completed his Masters in Dental sciences, he started his own clinic as a Prosthodontist and Oral Implantologist, in an upscale area in New Delhi.

It was one of his routine visits home, that a patient came to visit him with a complaint of a large swelling in his mouth. Understanding that the patient definitely needed proper diagnostic tests and treatment, Dr.Sumit decided to accompany him to the nearest PHC and provide all possible help, only to find the centre lacking even the basic diagnostic tools, and no doctors.

The Turning Point

This was the turning point in the life of Dr.Sumit Dubey. 

His pledge to the Nation and to his medical fraternity, led him to reach out and find out about the issues at the grass root level. 

This urged him to tour the area within 100 kms of his residence and he was shocked to realise that not even a single PHC/CHC was fully functional. 

This left him aghast. He tried meeting a few officials regarding this but in vain. Finally,he decided to start things from his own end.The bricks were laid for an intensive Dental Outreach Program after a lot of difficulty.

HASNAA Foundation

In 2012, Healthy Affordable Solutions Nationally for Aam Aadmi Foundation – HASNAA FOUNDATION was formed,the

Motto being – Each One Reach One – Reaching the Unreached.

In 2013, HASNAA’s first State-of -the-Art Rural Dental Clinic was established, which is continuously providing qualitative and affordable Oral Healthcare services to lakhs of villagers.

He has been travelling to several villages   throughout the country twice weekly (Thursday and Friday) and has been conducting Oral Hygiene awareness sessions, Oral Cancer Awareness Sessions, Quit tobacco and conducted Smoking Workshops.

National Rural Oral Hygiene Campaign, India, the Flagship programme of HASNAA has been actively engaged into providing preventive,curative and affordable dental care to our farmers, the backbone of our   Nation.

Healthcare services have been rendered across 10 states and Union Territories of India, including Kashmir. Dental treatment camps have been conducted in Faridabad and Noida.

अन्न, अक्षर, औषधि  है, सबसे बड़ी उपलब्धि l

Keeping this in mind, over the years, HASNAA Foundation, has expanded its services in the field of Women’ s Healthcare and have launched  the campaign #AbJiyoKhuIke, fighting Hunger and Malnutrition through their #donateameaI campaign and have been raising awareness for early detection and timely treatment of Cancer through their campaign #cancermukti.

Mission Forward

In the next five years, they plan to extend their outreach services to several villages  through their Mobile Dental Unit, which includes a portable dental van, a portable computerized X-ray unit and all  necessary armamentariums to provide integrated and affordable Oral treatments.

This will help HASNAA to take the best possible treatment to hundreds who are in need of dental care. We hope many like-minded people come forward and participate in this mission, sponsor or donate.

Dr.Sumit Dubey is one of those doctors who follow their heart and the pain of others before their own. If even 50% of doctors living in the major cities  take turns to spend a few years in rural India, the plight of our country will change.

Dr Sumit’s dedication and sacrifices can be comprised in this quote- 

I had to decide what I was going to do, and what I was going to be. 

I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something, till I realized the person I was waiting for was myself.”
― Markus Zusak, Underdog

The Noble Work Continues

Over the years, HASNAA Foundation, has expanded its services in the field of Women’s Healthcare and have launched the campaign #AbJiyoKhuIke

Fighting hunger and Malnutrition through their #donateameaI campaign.

Raising awareness for early detection and timely treatment of Cancer through their campaign #cancermukti.

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