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Activities


MFC members are spread out across the country and engaged in a range of activities. Quite a few are part of rural or urban service delivery strengthening initiatives concerned with community health and development. Some are in part-time or full-time private medical practice, others are serving in government hospitals or primary health centres. Some are teaching or studying in medical colleges, and others are involved in research and policy analysis in disciplines like public health, health economics, health administration and in health worker training.

The MFC bulletin (first published in 1975) has been the main medium through which we communicate experiences, ideas and information and stay in touch with each other. It carries articles which usually represent varying points of view of our membership within the broad mfc perspective. There are reports on relevant events and developments relating to health and health care. Importance is given to letters from members, either spontaneous or in response to articles.

Publication of bulletin article anthologies has been done periodically (for details please see 'MFC Publications').

We organize an Annual MFC Meet, usually focusing upon a particular theme or issue such as the role of doctors in society, misuse of drugs by doctors, medical education, child survival, medical technology, under-nutrition, community health workers, bias against women in medical care, tuberculosis and society, family planning, right to health care, quality of health care, public health education.

Special Cells have been formed from time to time in response to the specific need felt by mfc members for indepth discussion and interaction, such as the Primary Health Care Cell, Rational Drug Policy Cell and Women and Health Cell were formed in the early 1990s.

Collective action has been occasionally undertaken to study or act on a certain problem such as, a lathyrism survey in Rewa District, a study of health effects of the Bhopal Gas Leak, a pregnancy outcome study in Bhopal nine months after exposure to the toxic gas, mobilization and legal action with women's groups in the campaign against hazardous hormonal contraceptives, technical support to the health activities of voluntary agencies and action groups among the Bhopal gas victims, mobilization and legal action on the issue of drug pricing and patent policies. MFC has been an active founder member of the All India Drug Action Network.