MLD Trust: Serving Humanity through Homoeopathic medical care

Today, one of the greatest challenges for both urban and suburban cities, for the poor and migrant population is access to affordable healthcare.

Mumbai, the city of dreams, provides several livelihood opportunities, but is severely short on medical services, in spite of numerous Government run hospitals. One single family member’s health expenses can financially devastate the entire family. 

MLD Trust was started after the sad early demise of  Dr M L Dhawale by his students. Dr. Dhawale’s motto was set as the main objective of the Trust i.e. no patient should be denied healthcare service just because they cannot afford it. Starting in 1987, with one clinic in Mumbai slums, 35 years later, the students, then in their twenties are still serving the community. Since then the Trust has expanded to 3 hospitals, 12 rural clinics, 14 urban clinics, and 2 mobile clinics, presently serving more than 200,000 patients per year.

(Operative Facility at MLDT)

The mission of MLD Trust is to achieve Excellence in Integrated Homoeopathic Medical Care, Educational and Research and utilize Alternative Health care systems as well as use Community and social development in order to Promote Positive Health in a cost-effective manner.

The trust strives to provide affordable health care to all especially the marginalized segments of society. It has also established facilities for Care and Research in Alternative Systems of Treatment. Much research has been conducted on Educational Methods in the Homoeopathic Medical Education and Training field.

Some of the milestones achieved by the Trust are:

  • Child deliveries at hospitals in tribal areas of Palghar increased from 5% to 95% 
  • Antenatal care, which was unheard of in this area, is up from 0 to 100%
  • Age at marriage and hence age at first delivery has moved from less than 18 to 20+ 
  • Average weight at birth has gone up from less than 2 kilos to 2.8 kilos
  • The average number of children per woman has reduced from 4+ to 2
  • Continuous work for managing anaemia amongst adolescent girls (tomorrow’s mothers) 
  • More & more girls are now completing education & taking up vocational skill program
  • More than 1000 women have formed Self Help Groups and are becoming financially empowered  
  • Opened the first Dialysis centre in the region, making life-saving treatment available closer to home
  • The First Neonatal ICU facility made available in the hospital
  • Complex surgeries of Joint Replacement or Urology or LSCS were made available to poor patients either free or at concessional rates or under Government approved schemes.
  • Story of one such beneficiary 

    A Cab driver, suffering from urological symptoms had visited many government and non-profit organisations for continuous four months and was later introduced to the MLD Trust. Due to his sickness, he was unable to work and being the sole bread earner, which affected the entire family. MLD Trust was his final hope because his kids' education was compromised and their living situations deteriorated.

    The donation support received from a C-arm machine from DMart and an endoscopic surgical camera from the Rotary Club of Kandivli, allowed MLD Trust to pay for his operation. The Trust used its own Indigent Patient Fund (IPF) to assist him for post operation expenses. 

    This single effort brought back life to his family, smiles on his children’s faces and improved their living conditions as he could get back to work healthy.

    The health of an individual impacts the whole family!

    For the last 35 years, the Trust has overcome many challenges and worked incessantly towards making the community life better and more dignified through education, livelihood opportunities. The Trust has Organic Farming initiative, Sustainable livelihood programmes and Self Help Groups to improve the economic health of people.


    Smita Singh

    Smita currently finished her Masters in Economics Major. Being an introvert personality, writing suits best to her. She has vivid experience in the content area from writing research papers to writing content for various websites, blogs & stories. Smita has worked for a Patna based digital marketing company named DigiwaleBabu.