Agni Raksha provides a holistic rehabilitation process for burn victims from poor families, especially women and children. This includes comprehensive medical treatment and opportunities for income generation.
Agni Raksha’s mission is to ensure that no poor burn victim is deprived of burn treatment due to poverty and to serve him or her in all possible ways.
Agni Raksha was founded in 1999 by Dr. Prema Dhanraj. Dr. Dhanraj was herself a burn victim when, as a child, she was severely burned by a kitchen fire in her home. Prema eventually completed her medical studies and accepted a position to work at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, eventually becoming the Head of the Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery department.
The key focus of Agni Raksha is the overall development of the individual patient. The primary objective is to provide trauma treatment, ongoing medical care through reconstructive surgeries and physical therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, and job training for a holistic approach to healing and recovery. Agni Raksha strives to give each individual hope in their future through rehabilitation programs that address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs, as well as education, vocational training, and funding for small businesses. These vital components of rehabilitation address the practical life needs and equip a woman to be financially independent to support herself and her children for a promising future.
Based in Bangalore, Agni Raksha is the only known Not-For-Profit Organization (NPO) of its kind in India which provides burn victims, mostly women and children from poor families, not just integrated medical and para medical treatment, but also counselling, home based care, physiotherapy, and opportunities for socio-economic rehabilitation wherever applicable.