Padmashri Dr. Pukhraj Bafna is a Pediatrician and Adolescent Health Consultant. He is an eminent medical scientist, an excellent medical researcher, a famous medical teacher, an innovative health educationist, a national faculty trainer, a popular column writer, a devoted social worker, a renowned health activist and an outstanding organizer. Dr. Bafna is widely recognized across the country for his extensive and exhaustive work on Tribal child Health and Adolescent health.
Born on 14th November 1946, Dr.Bafna received his MBBS, DCH and MD in Pediatrics from NSB Medical College, Jabalpur. He did his Ph.D from Jain Vishwa Bharti University, Ladnun on Efficacy of Yoga & Preksha meditation on childhood and adolescent asthma. This is a pioneer work and of its kind.
Dr.Bafna's book on "Status of Tribal Child Health in India" has depicted the picture of Tribal Child health in different parts of the country with probable solutions. It has been duly recognized by CAB International UK- an Inter governmental organization to dissiminate scientific knowledge world wide. Dr. Bafna has visited organized camps at far distant areas of Tribal Population for research and study and organised national conference on Tribal Child Health. Dr. Bafna is rendering medical and social services for 149 Orphan children who lost their parents killed by naxalites in Tribal areas of Bastar.
Dr.Bafna is doing Operational research on Adolescent Health since last two decades. Uptil now more than 40000 Adolescent girls and boys have been interacted by Dr. Bafna through out the country. He has written many chapters on Adolescent Health in different medical text books and National & International magazines. He has conducted and participated state, national and International seminars and training programmes on Adolescent care for doctors, educationists, teachers and NGO's in different corners of the country.
Dr.Bafna is the only Health column writer in India, writing every week since last 40 years continuously in daily newspapers and magazines. His activities on health education includes conduction of more than 500 child health camps, Prevention of blindness camps, Sickle cell anemia control camps etc.
Dr. Bafna is recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honours. He has been conferred National C.T Thakkar Award by Indian Medical Association for community services in 1978, Mahaveer Mahatma Award by Oneness Group of Times of India and Bhartiya Jain Sanghatna for humanitarian services in 2004. He received Becon International Award for health awareness in 1986. He is recipient of Academic excellence award by Indian Academy of Pediatrics in 2004. He has been honoured by vice chancellor of JVB University Rajasthan for promotion of science of living in 2003 and by health secretary Kerala Government through IAP for promotion of national child health. Dr. Bafna has chaired innumerable sessions in many state, national & International medical, educational and social conferences. Dr. Bafna has been awarded "Padamshri" in year 2011 by the President of India.