We are delighted to announce that 
Dr. Prema Dhanraj has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri 2024 award by the Government of India.

Agni Raksha...

…was driven by the personal experience of an eight-year-old girl who sustained severe burn injuries. Overcoming the physical, emotional, and social challenges she faced, she became a respected plastic surgeon and dedicated herself to ensuring that anyone with burns receives proper treatment and care, without discrimination, and is able to live with dignity.

Burn survivor Dr. Prema Dhanraj founded Agni Raksha in 1999 with a focus on holistic rehabilitation of burn survivors.

Our Vision is...

…a society with utmost respect for every life and the survivors of burns where children and socially vulnerable people can celebrate life enjoying justice and equality.

Our Mission is to...

..rebuild and brighten up lives of burn survivors and vulnerable sections of society through sustainable holistic measures and mainstreaming with engagement, co-operation and support from state actors and public mechanisms.

at Agni Raksha...

We believe that a life devastated by fire is not the end, but the start of a new beginning. Agni Raksha provides a holistic rehabilitation process for burn survivors from poor families, especially women and children. This includes comprehensive medical treatment and opportunities for income generation.

Our endeavour is to ensure that no poor burn survivor is deprived of burn treatment due to poverty and to serve him or her in all possible ways.

Our Programs

Beginning with focus on successful holistic rehabilitation of burn survivors, Agni Raksha has further diversified its programmes to reach out to other vulnerable sections of society like children, women, MSMs, promoting their rights and wellbeing as well as actively participating in initiatives for environment concerns and humanitarian aid.

From inception till date...

Theory of Change

“Theory of Change” is our approach, developed through decades of experience to bring about positive change based on a holistic perspective that takes into account the complex socio-economic challenges faced by vulnerable communities. Agni Raksha aims to support the socio-economic development of marginalised communities through skill training and income generation programs.

My Story


“My teachers and family had high expectations that I would score well in my school final exams and shoulder the economic burden of the family in future. When results came, all my dreams crashed. Instead of seeing the possibilities, I focussed on negative thoughts and didn’t want to face the realities of life and to move forward. I decided to end my life. Everyone thought I would not survive the burns. But Agni Raksha gave me hope and to understand the purpose of my life. After a lot of hesitation, I agreed to undergo reconstruction surgeries and that enhanced my looks and self-confidence. Of course, my outlook was changed by the tender loving care and the excellent motivation I received at Agni Raksha.

Today, I live with a conviction to help others in distress. With knowledge and skills gained from Agni Raksha, I have been able to save many lives through counselling and online guidance. I am so happy that I could connect many burn survivors with Agni Raksha for their rehabilitation and mainstreaming. I am grateful to Agni Raksha for the opportunity find the worth of my life and to live for others.”

Awards & Recognitions


Dr.Prema was chosen as one of the three “Living Legends” in the world and her works were published in the eighth grade ICSE English text book (TREASURE CHEST )


To Agni Raksha for affordable health care


By the Rotary club of Chennai - Ambatur

Swastha Bharat Samman awarD for “Healing with human touch”

The award was instituted by Zee TV and LIC to felicitate people who have made immense contributions to the healthcare sector in India.


In recognition of Agni Raksha's working and effort to rehabilitate burn survivors, help them secure comprehensive medical treatment, especially women and children, and providing them with opportunities for income generation.


By the South Asian Chamber of Commerce - USA

Our Partners and Sponsors

Board of Trustees


Dr. Prema Dhanraj

President and Managing Director

BSc, MBBS, MS (Gen Surg), MCh (Plastic Surgery), PDFBR (USA) is a Professor of General Surgery/Professor and Head of Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital(CMC), Vellore and a Visiting Professor at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch/Shriners, USA.

Chitra Dhananjay


A Post-Graduate in Sociology from Bangalore University has been in the developmental sector for over 14 years. She has worked with community based projects dealing with physically handicapped children at the Association for the Physically Handicapped (APH) Lingarajpuram, Bangalore. She has also worked with “rag pickers” and street children in “The Concern for Working Children(CWC)” programme. She worked as a Coordinator for the Sex Workers Protection Programme at SAMRAKSHA (HIV/AIDS). She has been instrumental in establishing the first field based (HIV/AIDS) protection programme for Sex Workers, Eunuchs, and MSM (Men Having Sex with Men) in Bangalore (1994).

Dr. Naveen N

(Gen Surgeon), MCh (Plastic Surgery)

Dr.Naveen is known for his clinical acumen and academic excellence having post graduate degrees MS (General Surgery) and MCh (Plastic Surgery) to his name from reputed universities. Having dreamt to be a plastic surgeon since his under graduate days, he has trained under renowned Plastic & Burns Reconstruction Surgeon, Dr Prema Dhanraj. With a decision to provide his expertise to the poor and needy, currently he is rendering his services at Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, which mainly caters the rural people. Also he’s associated with organisation Agniraksha headed by Mrs Chitra Dhanraj, a philanthropic NGO serving the burns survivors among various others.
Dr.Naveen has a number of publications (45+) to his name published in national and international journals with more than 85 citations. He also has contributed chapters in various text books as an invited author. He has also presented podium and free papers in various conferences and an active participant in society meetings. He has devised various innovative techniques and contributed in the field of Plastic Surgery. With his dynamism to adapt, eloquence in teaching and problem solving aptitude, he has earned reputation in his institution among peers and students. His areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery (trauma & onco), microsurgery, hand surgery, breast surgeries including augmentation & reduction, burns among others. He is also keen to adopt cosmetic procedures in due time.

Jothy Girish


Jothy is a seasoned entrepreneur with two decades of experience in the Textile Industry. She excels in administration and is dedicated to empowering underprivileged women, teaching them the skills necessary to live independently. Through her positive attitude and boundless energy, Jothy inspires others to strive for success in the workplace.

Kind words from Kind hearts

You make a life by what you give

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time. They just have the heart. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.


Registered Office :
No. 58/1, Rosey Cottage, 13th Main,
J P Nagar, 1st Phase,
Bangalore – 560078, Karnataka, INDIA

Project Office :
No. 6/3, 2nd Floor, 4th Cross
Nala Road, Lalbagh Road, K.S. Garden
Bangalore – 560027, Karnataka, INDIA


Phone numbers: +91 80 41519360 / 41559360
Mob: +91 98860 66360




Registered Office :
No. 58/1, Rosey Cottage, 13th Main,
J P Nagar, 1st Phase,
Bangalore – 560078, Karnataka, INDIA

Project Office :
No. 6/3, 2nd Floor, 4th Cross
Nala Road, Lalbagh Road, K.S. Garden
Bangalore – 560027, Karnataka, INDIA


Phone numbers: +91 80 41519360 / 41559360
Mob: +91 98860 66360




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