Published on March 22nd, 2014 | by Sharon Sandhu
FAB WOMAN: Dr. Shobha Arole
Zee National TV Astitwa Award for Exemplary Women- excellence in Health Care, Social Impact Award (Times of India), Recipient with Comprehensive Rural Health Project of Times of India Social Impact Award in Health, Distinguished Alumna, Woodstock School, Landour, Mussoorie, Uttaranchal – are only a few to name. Even a substantial magnitude of awards and recognitions cannot do justice to the individuality of the go-getter – Dr. Shobha Arole, Director at Comprehensive Rural Health Project – Jamkhed
Shobha was born in 1961 to doctors Raj and Mabelle Arole, in Kolar, Karnataka. She grew up studying at Woodstock Christian International School, Mussoorie, India where she gained remarkable international exposure that came to be her channel of work and an outlook that has helped shape the future of women and children in many under-developed villages in our country. Shobha maintains she was enthused by the medical hikes she would go on while growing up that instilled in her the initiative of visiting small tribal villages and help the needy with basic ailments. Apart from her current responsibility as the Associate Director for CRPH (Comprehensive Rural Health Project)– Jamkhed, a project adopted by her parents, Shobha has numerous other roles that she fulfils with equal eagerness and passion that stems from her holistic approach to reach out to the poorest of the poor in mind, body and spirit. The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. The work of CRHP has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF, and has been introduced to 178 countries across the world
Dr. Shobha is glad that she spent more than twenty five years of her life as a clinician in all fields, working in all sorts of conditions in the Himalayas and other parts of north India and various parts of the world in different kind of terrains improving and promoting health. Shobha has travelled to more than 40 countries promoting holistic health and development and advocating on behalf of the poor an marginalized as well as helping the rich and poor work together to bring about a better world of harmony, peace and fair-play for people in general. She is into public speaking, strategic planning, project management, program management, hospitals, program development, community development, prevention, change management, team building, global health, policy, community outreach, epidemiology, capacity building, health promotion, clinical research, pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials, process improvement – and these are just to name a few of the tremendous roles she has played so far. Her work has majorly evolved over the years from being a medical director at a low cost hospital treating 100 patients a day to changing lifestyles per se. Training is a major aspect of Shobha’s work now. She is involved in training persons and groups nationally and internationally, in community based health and development, leadership and management, and personal development (psycho-spiritual), including value based empowerment. Work with International Public Health Schools in the US and Melbourne University, Australia guiding and teaching international health students, medical students and allied health professionals.
Dr. Shobha is humble, warm and down to earth. She loves simplicity and feels the need to help bring about a difference in people’s lives. We bring you a candid conversation with the very remarkable Dr. Shobha Arole:
FAB BAG: What is that one beauty tip that you’d like to give our members?
Dr. Shobha: Drink fresh cold natural spring water daily and also include cucumber juice in your diet.
FAB BAG: If you could start-up something new, what would it be?
Dr. Shobha: If I started a new career, it would be in fine arts, music, dance, art, photography, writing etc Truth being told I’ve already started a couple of these
FAB BAG: Your favourite quote is?
Dr. Shobha: In every winter’s heart there lies a quivering spring and behind the veil of each night, there lies a smiling dawn -kahlil gibran
FAB BAG: What is that one message you’d like to give our member?
Dr. Shobha: Work towards bringing wholeness, peace and harmony and work always toward holistic ways of healthy living and your life will be far more abundant than you think.
Before we wrap up, here’s a video about her by her alma mater:
Parting shot: The work and achievement of this compassionate personality cannot be put into words as it wouldn’t do justice to what she has accomplished and how she has been able to change the lives of women and children in rural India in more than one way. We salute her for all the change that she has brought in. To all those reading this story we have one message for you, “You are the sum of the choices you make”
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