Since its beginning, Health Mela has been empowering the communities for nearly two decades now.

Inspired by its appeal, one of the Health Olympics volunteers Dr Joseph Watson decided to use it to study it to assess ‘whether Health Melas are able to identify undiagnosed cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in hard-to-reach communities and encourage individuals to make lifestyle changes.

His research paper Empowering local communities to make lifestyle changes: is the Health Mela a potential solution?’ has now  been published in the prestigious BMJ NUTRITION, PREVENTION & HEALTH journal (

We are very proud of this achievement and congratulate all the contributors.