Maya Devi Hospital
Working to improve the health of women and children
Suppose you lived in A community of
50,000, where there were no health care facilities within a three-hour
drive. Would you dream that “someday”
that could change? That was the dream of a woman named Maya Devi – a resident
of a village in northern India.
Seeing the health challenges many women faced
– particularly during pregnancy – she often spoke about the day there would be
a hospital in the community that would save them the long, arduous and
expensive trip to the city to seek health care. The Maya Devi hospital is the
realization of her dream.
Her children turned that dream into reality,
setting up foundations in India (MOTHER Foundation) and Canada (CHILD
Foundation) to fund and operate the hospital. With the support of Rotary
International, plus corporate and private donors, these organizations
constructed a 20-bed charity hospital on the grounds of what had once been Maya
Devi’s family home.
Since opening in October 2011, the Maya Devi
Hospital has transformed the community of Sarurpur and the lives of the 50,000
people living in the region. The
hospital offers health care and health education to women and children in the
community. The hospital now has a reputation for outstanding service, and
attracts patients from communities quite a distance away. Although the
hospital’s primary focus is to care for women and children, it does not refuse
assistance to anyone.
The hospital is now a vital part of the
community. We aim to provide the best care possible and deliver it in a
cost-effective manner. With the help of Rotary International, we have acquired
an x-ray system, which will enable medical staff to make timely diagnoses on
Maya Devi Hospital’s health and awareness
programs, delivered by the medical staff, are the cornerstone of the service provided
at the hospital. It empowers the women to be mindful of the importance of some
of the easy steps they can take to be well and to prevent illness.
During the past year, CHILD Foundation, MOTHER
Foundation, and Rotary International (with financial assistance from the
Alberta Government’s Community Initiatives Program) have installed more than
500 water purification units in the village, providing clean drinking water to
some 3,000 people! The service was first installed in the homes of the poorest
families; those who could afford to do so paid a small fee. This is reducing water-borne
illnesses, thereby contributing to a healthier community.
Achievements to date:
are staffed by nine medical professionals including four part-time doctors,
three full-time nurses, a lab technician and a pharmacist;
care has reduced anemia among local women from nearly 100 per cent to less than
15 per cent;
hospital’s presence has dramatically reduced risks to women and the unborn
have installed a 5,000-watt solar power plant to provide reliable electricity
to the hospital;
hospital has an on-site laboratory equipment for prompt diagnosis;
an education program for women – one which addressed such issues as health
education and personal hygiene;
collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, we introduced a program to provide
low-cost sanitary pads;
with Rotary and CAWST, we initiated a bio-sand filter project to provide clean
drinking water to more than 1,000 households; and
installed an X-ray system for effective diagnosis.
Foundation is a CRA-registered charity run by an all-volunteer board. The
hospital is run on a shoe-string budget of about $70,000 per year.
Administration costs are less than two per cent.
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