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.