Welcome To HAP

Health Action by People (HAP) is a not-for-profit health research organization registered in 1993, under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act 1955. HAP is committed to serve the people in the field of health and development. It is led by a group of professionals sharing a common vision and ideal. HAP is in the forefront in health education, public health research and health policy interventions in Kerala.


To encourage people’s action to promote health and development. HAP’s mission evolves from the belief that People are capable of taking responsible actions for furthering health and development. HAP believes in the "Family of Man" that knows no barriers of national boundaries, religion, caste or creed. Nevertheless, HAP attaches considerable importance to involvement in local issues and problems. Think globally, act locally is our motto.


Health Action by People has been granted recognition by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India, as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO), under the Scheme on Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations 1988.


  1. Wealth and cardiovascular health: a cross-sectional study of wealth-related inequalities in the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in high-, middle- and low-income countries.Benjamin Palafox1*, Martin McKee1, Dina Balabanova1, Khalid F. AlHabib2, Alvaro Jr Avezum3, Ahmad Bahonar4,Noorhassim Ismail5, Jephat Chifamba6,
Kerala is on the verge of becoming the diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obesity capital of India. HAP has initiated prevalence studies on all these diseases;
PURE is a multinational, multicentred study guided and coordinated by McMaster University, Canada. For most populations, the last century has witnessed dramatic improvements in health.
Since 1993, Health Action by People has been associating itself with 71 medical colleges in India on an exciting health problem solving experiment with undergraduate medical students.
Saantwanam is a concept rooted in the philosophy of taking health screening to the people. Adequately trained and competent lady health personnel will reach out to every home in the villages and towns of Kerala and take the message of health to them. Individuals will be screened for the presence of dominant risk factors and diseases. Those who are already suffering from these conditions and are under treatment can be monitored regularly to assess the progress of treatment. The services can be provided at an affordable cost. Early detection and regular screening will enable people to save enormous cost that may have to be incurred in terms of hospitalization, chronic disability and even death.
Health Action by People ( HAP) also conducts research clinics, which include methodology workshops and scientific assistance to young researchers. The main objective of the workshop is to train the participants on different phases of doing a good research from protocol preparation to final preparation of research report and dissemination of findings. Participants : Clinical and non clinical post graduate students in medical colleges, Junior Faculty of the medical colleges.
India is moving its focus from control of communicable disease now to addressing the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The state of Kerala, with great achievements in healthcare, is now facing a rising burden of non-communicable diseases. The state is making attempts to tackle this growing problem. Health Action by People has made significant contributions in the past to highlight the fact that we need to address non-communicable diseases and provided rich information on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases in Kerala.
Up Coming Events

Workshop on Health Policy Research

Workshop  on Health  Policy Research The 2 day  program is intended to take you through various domains of Health  policies  .

 Participant Profile  Programme is designed for every one  who aspires to develop himself/herself as an Health policy student/analyst / researcher. 

Programme Duration and Venue: The programme is sheduled  on November 18 &19,  2017 at HAP , Thiruvananthapuram 

Registration Fees : Rs 1000/-(one Thousand Only ) includes Handouts, food and refreshment (2 tea &snacks , Lunch on both days )

How to apply: by email  with a line of confirmation to  receive the Registration form  (on or before 20/Oct/2017)

Dr Ramdas Pisharody Memorial best clinical research presentation for Junior faculty and post-MD practitioners

Health Action by People (HAP), a non-governmental health research institution, based in Thiruvananthapuram has instituted an Award as a memorial to Dr Ramdas Pisharodythe most reputed clinical teacher and research methodology promoter who has been and continues as a source of inspiration for research career for thousands of grooming researchers


The last date for the receipt of the completed applications is September 30, 2017.


Click the following link to download the brochure and application

8th C R Soman Award 2017 for the Best Postgraduate Thesis

Any postgraduate medical student in a medical college in the Modern Medicine stream, submitting a thesis to a University located in Kerala for an MD / MS degree in a particular academic year can apply.June 30th of each year will be the cutoff date for eligibility.  
The entry must be endorsed by the head of the department
The abstract should also be uploaded online in the following link.

The last date for receipt of application by the Secretary, Health Action by People, TC 1/1706. Navarangam Lane, Medical College PO, Thiruvananthapuram 695 011 will be September 30, 2017.

Click the following link to download the brochure and application for C R Soman Award 2017.