Sampat Tukaram Ramteke
Born25 August 1949
Died16 November 2017
Known forSocial activism
AwardsPadma Shri (2018)

Sampat Tukaram Ramteke (Aug 1949 - Nov 2017) was an engineer and social activist from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. In 2018, he was conferred the Padma Shri civilian honour posthumously, for his contribution in raising awareness in India about the sickle cell disease.[1]

He brought into notice Sickle Cell Disease as a serious health concern along with the societal issues faced by patients and their families in India. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had also informed Lok Sabha about the work and awareness created by Sickle Cell Society of India for Sickle Cell Disease in India.

Education and career

Shri Sampat Ramteke received Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Government Polytechnic Nagpur. Later he worked at Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) Ministry of Coal, Government of India and retired in 2009 as Superintending Engineer.

Social activism

Sampat Ramteke is considered as the torchbearer of the movement for raising awareness about sickle cell disease. It started when his son Harshal was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 3yrs. In 1991, he founded the Sickle Cell Society of India (SCSI) and worked towards raising awareness about sickle cell disease for over three decades. Due to his efforts, more than 15 government resolutions (GR) were passed to help patients with Sickle cell disease. Most notably patients with the disease came to be included in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016).[2][3]

Shri Ramteke started “Sickle Cell Jagriti and Pratibandh Abhiyan” in the year 1991 from his remote and tiny tribal village Mahadwadi. He spent 25 years of his life to provide relief to Sickle Cell Disease patients to cope up with their miserable lives. He organised more than 250 Sickle Cell awareness and blood investigation camps with his colleagues in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Kerala and various districts of Maharashtra. He worked with State of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh on the preparation of Sickle Cell Disease control action plan in the year 2003 and 2007 respectively. National Rural Health Mission invited him for the preparation of informative, educational and communication materials for Sickle Cell Disease. With an active support of like minded persons people and SCSI team, Shri Ramteke succeeded to achieve remarkable benefits from Government of India and Government State of Maharashtra for Sickle Cell patients. These benefits helped Sickle Cell Disease patients live quality to live a better quality of life. Like, The benefits from Government of India consists of free Blood to Sickle Cell Patients, 50 percent concession in Rail and Bus fair to Sickle Cell patient, inclusion of Sickle Cell Disease in handicap rights act 2016, inclusion of Sickle Cell Disease in National Rural Health Mission in the year 2007.Furthermore, the benefits from Government State of Maharashtra include, Sickle Cell Research Centre in Nagpur, Free medicine to Sickle Cell Patients, 20 minutes extra in SSC and HSC exam and Sickle Cell Patient identity card.


Shri Ramteke is the recipient of many International, National and State Awards. He was adjudicated “Appreciation Plaque by Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability, London, UK in 2016, on account of exemplary seminars and immense contribution towards the welfare of specially challenged Sickle Cell Community of India” and “Global Appreciation in the field of sickle cell advocacy by President of Global Sickle Cell Disease Network, Canada, in 2017”. Magnum foundation Nagpur conferred on him “Manav Mitra National Magnum Honour for the work in Sickle Cell Disease management services in Maharashtra, in 2001”. Mahatma Phule Talent Research Academy accolade him with Dr. Anandibai Joshi National Health Award, in 2011. He has a feather in his cap of Certificate of Gratitude by Maharashtra Arogya Mandal Pune for national seminar on Sickle Cell Anaemia, throwing light on his inputs, interest and outstanding support for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research Project in 2015. He received prestigious “ Smita Smruti Puraskar” in 2017, in the memory of actress Padmashree Late Smita Patil. He also has been honoured with Red and White Bravery Award by Godfrey Phillips in recognition of an exceptional act of social courage, in 2002.

Personal life

He and his wife Jaya Ramteke have a son Harshal Ramteke and a daughter Shweta Ramteke. He died in November 2017 due to cardiac arrest.[3]


  1. ^ "Padma Shri for Bangs and late Ramteke - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Vidarbha stalwarts Bangs, Pantawane, late Ramteke honoured with 'Padma Shri'". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Sampat Ramteke, torch bearer for sickle cell patients, passes away - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2019.