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How a young Mumbai doctor transformed healthcare in a Bihar village

Dr Taru Jindal was sent to Bihar to train rural doctors in modern childbirth practices; she ended up transforming the community and herself.

May 23, 2020 / 07:49 AM IST

 Manvi Pant

As part of a project sponsored by the Bill Gates Foundation, a young gynaecologist gets posted at the Motihari district hospital, Patna, where her job is to train the doctors in improved techniques of caesarean-section and other essential childbirth skills. Eager to take on the task, she packs her bags and leaves for a journey that changes her life forever.

Dr Taru Jindal’s passionate memoir A Doctor’s Experiments in Bihar (Speaking Tiger, Rs 499) talks of the challenges, negligence and discrimination in the maternal healthcare arena in the remotest and least developed parts of the country.

Dr Taru Jindal. Dr Taru Jindal.