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Anusandhan Trust (AT) was established in 1991 to establish and run democratically managed Institutions to undertake research on health and allied themes; provide education and training, and initiate and participate in advocacy efforts on relevant issues concerned with the well being of the disadvantaged and the poor in collaboration with organizations and individuals working with and for such people.

Social relevance, ethics, democracy and accountability are the four operative principles that drive and underpin the activities of Anusandhan Trust's institutions with high professional standards and commitment to underprivileged people and their organizations. The institutions of the Trust are organised around either specific activity (research, action, services and /or advocacy) or theme (health services and financing, ethics, primary healthcare, women and health, etc.); and each institution has its specific goal and set of activities to advance the vision of the Trust.

The trust governs three institutions:

CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes) the earliest of the three institutions established in 1994 concentrates or focuses on its core area of strength - social and public health research and policy advocacy.

SATHI (Support for Advocacy and Training in Health Initiatives) The Pune-based centre of Anusandhan Trust has been undertaking work at the community level in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and also facilitates a national campaign on Right to Health and other related issues.