An Overview

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.

Our founder chairman was Dr CR Soman, (1937-2009): visionary, teacher, orator, writer and researcher. All of us at HAP cherish his memory and try to follow in his footsteps. Dr Soman, in his life and work, demonstrated that professional output of the highest caliber need not conflict with compassion and sensitivity for the most marginalized people.


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.

Key people

Dr. V. Raman Kutty

Dr. K. Vijayakumar

Dr. Sanjeev Nair

Joint Secretary
Dr. Biju Soman


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.