‘How are you?’ ‘How d’ you do?’ are common greetings among people. People express basic sentiments of the desire to live in good health and inquire after one another’s health at the moment of meeting each other. This is a ‘universal human sense of well-being’ in social life.
Often enough such greetings and salutations are simply parts of daily etiquette among people living together. However, such greetings are also part of human universal cultural heritage. They are characteristic expressions of “social concern” for one another. In this case, the greetings are expressions of people caring for one another’s wellness.
Living in good health is vital fundamental right. Many millions of people all over the world are denied access to reliable medical care, causing a social predicament of ‘medical famine’! Many areas and societies are outside the reach of organized Health Delivery System in many countries of the world. The call of the United Nations Organization: “HEALTH FOR ALL BY 2000”, in 1990, inspired a woman physician and challenged a small group of volunteers in South India to initiate MUHIL in 1992.
MUHIL is an acronym for MOVEMENT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH INTEGRATION & LIBERATION. “Muhil” in Tamil means “clouds”, which bears good news for farming families of rain-fed farm lands.
MUHIL volunteers spread themselves out in the suburban villages around the City of Madurai in South India, in search of the sick and suffering people, who were left out of medical care. In less than five years, MUHIL had become a popular family word among the people of 80 villages of Tirumangalam Taluk. Many thousands of families had been reached by the medical team.
In 1998, MUHIL HEALTH CENTER was established in MUHIL GARDENS, in the midst of dry, drought prone farmlands, as a ‘hub of hope’ - a Helping Team for the sick and the poor people of the villages.
“I was shocked to find that there were many people left without any medical attention, even on the streets of villages around the city of Madurai. I began to think. I decided I must do something about it.”
“Alternative Approach to a World of Good Health is feasible, necessary & urgent!!”
“There is always something extraordinary in everything that is very ordinary. The kitchen cupboard & the kitchen garden are extraordinary storehouses of health and wellness.”