Project Sakhi

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

-George Eliot

Meet today’s Sakhi Dr. Nivedita Pandey, someone whose deeds determine her goodwill and selflessness. I have always admired her vision along with Chandril Chugh to establish low-cost health care centers in the remotest areas of our country and enable patient-doctor connect via the digital platform. Here’s her story:

“To be selfless is a lifelong commitment of being brave. Meet Dr. Nivedita Pandey, a Gastroenterologist, and Hepatologist based in New Delhi, who along with her husband Dr. Chandril Chugh, a renowned neurologist does it so flawlessly!

Dr. Pandey and Dr. Chugh, have been offering affordable healthcare to thousands in New Delhi and Bihar. But this isn’t social work or charity for them.

Through Dr Good Deed, their applaudable project in Patna, Bihar, Dr. Pandey, and Dr. Chugh have been trying to ‘work for the betterment of society and help people out there who are going through dismal situations.’

Touching thousands of lives every year today, their story began 6 years ago. By 2016, Dr. Pandey had worked for 11 years in the U.S.

After having proceeded with specialization from the State University of New York, followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, she joined the Albany Medical Center in New York as an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology.

But deep down, she wished to do more. She knew her true calling was being more than a doctor and ensuring she could touch as many lives as she could.

So, in 2016, Dr. Pandey along with her husband arrived in India and started Dr. Good Deed. With Dr. Good Deed, she aims to introduce healthcare facilities to the remotest corners of the country.

What had begun with just one clinic in Delhi, today has grown to five clinics across Muzaffarpur, Patna, Chhapra, Arrah, and West Champaran as well. Reaching the most vulnerable segment of the population and providing them with efficient and affordable healthcare, Dr. Pandey and her husband are making all the difference.”

Their motto is very simple. They don’t aim to be saviours! Rather, they are just trying to lessen the burden on the already over-burdened healthcare system in the country, a scenario that became visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It is nothing short of a delight to witness people like Dr. Chugh and Dr. Pandey, not worrying about the prejudice of ‘city-residing doctors leaving their jobs for rural India’ and just trying to make a difference, one patient at a time!

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