Oct 20, 2020

Groceries and healthcare bring smiles to many

Cheerful Chowdappa after we distributed groceries
Cheerful Chowdappa after we distributed groceries

Dear donors,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital. We hope you and your family are safe.

As of today, Karnataka is listed as the second-highest state in India to record the number of COVID-19 cases.  In our daily work–we hear the despairing cry of a mother, a wife and a husband echoing having lost their loved ones. Painful episodes of positive people.  Children without the luxury of e-learning, confused and blank. As you have experienced over the last months, life became more complicated. Working from home, being cautious of social contact, and the accessibility of health-related recourses is not doable for everyone.

Our team is working tirelessly under testing times to keep the community healthy, prevent the spread of the virus and ensure healthcare is still a walk away from their doorstep. It’s you who have stood with us to help the poor get compassionate healthcare, medicines and dry rations. Thank you.

A glance at what we have done from June to August 2020:

Home visits: 2092

Counselling: 1882 persons

Villages visited: 287

Distribution of medicine to: 270 people

Awareness programmes on COVID-19:  63

Grocery distribution to the poor: 30 families

E-consultation provided to:15 people

Community meetings: 32

Number of GRBS test done: 151

Number of BP test done: 278

Opthal care extended to: 25 people

Dental care extended to: 18 people

Home visits to people who are mentally ill: 66

Follow-up on breast cancer: 14 women

With social distancing norms still on, we believe that people need compassionate care at their village level for various illnesses. We hope you’d continue to support us when we initiate another project to cover the abovementioned services. Thank you.

We want to share with you the story of Chandragowda, who has experienced a new beginning in his life.

Chandregowda would sit with his chin dipping to the chest; avoiding eye contact and muttering tearfully to himself. He found solace in his favourite place–a corner of the wall where the mud was crumbling. But that did not deter Chandregowda.

“My husband was in jail for a year or so charged with murder. Now, it’s almost 15 years, and he is still depressed,” explained his concerned wife. 

Chandregowda’s association with us started three years back when he registered for one of our healthcare camp in his village. “We have taken him many hospitals. But in vain. Now I want to see him normal,” requested his wife.

Chandregowda continued his treatment with us, religiously following all instructions of our doctor. Now, we see a different Chandregowda– from a timid and listless Chandregowda to a determined, spirited with an unflagged zeal to live happily with his wife. When the neighbours see him cycling to bring fodder for his livestock, working in his field, they raise their eyebrows in awe and say, “How come Chandregowda is active? What kind of treatment did he take? It’s just magical.”

Chandregowda smiles, lights up and radiates an energy of serenity and peace.

This is going to be a critical year for the world’s most vulnerable populations. We are excited to continue to share in this journey with you in the year ahead and beyond – may it be transformative. Thank you for all what you do. Please share this report with your family members and friends.

Warmly,

 

Carolin George

A determined &spirited Chandregowda with his goats
A determined &spirited Chandregowda with his goats
Ensuring the poor gets groceries
Ensuring the poor gets groceries
Not leaving anyone behind
Not leaving anyone behind
Aug 3, 2020

Hope and stability to people with disability

Sanjanna enjoying colours and having fun
Sanjanna enjoying colours and having fun

Dear friends,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital. 

Your support helped us bring joy, hope and stability to people and children with disability. Thank you! 

 News about how we are progressing during the pandemic:

  • Set up our hospital (Bangalore Baptist Hospital) for caring for sick COVID-19 patients. 
  •  Procured vital supplies of masks, gowns, and face shields. 
  • Teach on social distancing, the importance of hand and face washing, and sharing information to help the community members in detecting someone who needs COVID testing. 
  • Reached the poor in remote villages with dry rations and essential medicines. 
  • Providing e-consultations because we do not want them to travel unnecessarily. Our healthcare workers deliver medications at their doorstep. 

We are delighted that the team has been able to support the essential work. It is indeed a crisis considering the vulnerable population that we support. However, we hold on to HOPE that friends such as you will offer a helping hand.

Here are our stories of change which you helped us bring. Thank you!

Solace for Murthy

37-year old Murthy who is polio affected by birth, is all smiles today. He has a reason for it. Murthy looks at his air bed as if it's his last possession on earth. For he suffered sleeping on a tattered mat with his bed sores. For him, this comfort is the most significant relief and blessing. 

 With his eyes a bit teary, he paused, and folded his hands that said, "Thank you for this wonderful gift.".

Tuning life beautifully

Eleven years back, Narasimanaidu's life was beautifully tuned just as how he would make melodious and graceful veena - (a musical instrument). "Veena making is an art.... and I had mastered. That was my livelihood until the stroke struck me and left my entire left side paralysed. Now my livelihood is robbed, and what do I do?" he questioned depressingly. Besides, he found it extremely difficult to move around without a wheelchair. 

"I believe in worshipping the Sun in the morning, and I missed doing so after my stroke. With a wheelchair given by you, I am now back again worshipping the Sun. Thank you. The wheelchair is fitted with a commode, and that's so helpful," exclaimed Narasimanaidu, humming one of his favourite ragas. 

Keeping children with disability active

We have reached out to the parents of children through Whatsapp to guide them on simple sensory activities and speech therapies. With the help of parents, these special children can start learning again. To keep the mothers engaged, we have shared videos and photos to make masks at home.  

You can join us in restoring hope to people with disabilities in some of the villages that we work. They are waiting. Your support is key to reaching more people in the future, especially during this pandemic. 

Thank you for partnering with us in this critical mission of healing the sick. 

Our wishes for you to stay safe.

 

Gratefully,

Carolin George

Raksha has fun in trying different masks
Raksha has fun in trying different masks
Mother's involvement
Mother's involvement
Murthy ready for a peaceful sleep on his airbed
Murthy ready for a peaceful sleep on his airbed
Narasimhanaidu humming his favourite ragas
Narasimhanaidu humming his favourite ragas
Jun 22, 2020

Hope and health amid COVID-19

Healthcare worker distributing medicines
Healthcare worker distributing medicines

Dear donors,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital and we hope you are safe.

The pandemic has taken each one of us to a new world of uncertainty. Moreso, It has affected the poor. Facing severe hardship, the community are looking at a bleak and unpredictable life. For example, people have lost their sources of income; children no longer able to attend school, face long days without free school breakfasts and lunches. Besides, people with comorbidities, disabilities and cancer are significantly at higher risk, and women seem to bear the most brunt.

Though we could not run our mobile clinics in villages (social distancing to be maintained), we have adopted the following methods to help the poor:

Telemedicine: Without accessibility to reach any hospital, telemedicine has gained relevance with the coronavirus pandemic. The elderly can communicate remotely with their doctors, avoiding travel to a health care facility. Health workers reach out to people with a need and connect patients to the doctor through voice and video call. 

Telemedicine helped us facilitate: 

Remote access to medical services. We are taking health care services to distant locations, extending the reach of physicians and health facilities.

Live video conferencing and live interactive consultation.  A health professional provides consultation to a patient or a specialist assists the physician in rendering a diagnosis.

Remote patient monitoring:  Healthcare workers monitor blood glucose and BP check-up.during their home visits to the patient's family

Telephonic counselling for those with mental illness

We have also started telephonic counselling for the mentally ill people and guide their mental health and regular medication. This service is for people who have been previously diagnosed with a condition than by someone seeking a diagnosis. We touch on anxiety, stress, and other psychological issues through Tele counselling.

Distributing dry ration -  Many of our community members have lost their livelihood and it's a battle to put food on the table. We have, to the best of our efforts, have distributed dry ration and with your continued support, we can take this forward.

Times of crisis can present challenges and opportunities for all of us. At BBH, we stand for helping one another as we seek to serve local communities best and confront this new global challenge together. Below is a story from one of our inspiring community member to indicate how your support has helped him weather through the pandemic. They are finding ways to adapt. We hope their voices can energize you and kindle your spirits to so that together we could continue supporting them.

75-year-old Anjinappa was a worried man. He couldn't fathom what is COVID-19. All he knew was he shouldn't step out, failing which he will fall sick. "I was running out of medications for my diabetes, and that was worrying me," he narrated to our healthcare worker when he met him. "When the entire country was shut down, here I see Krishnamurthy at my doorstep with my medicines, I couldn't believe it, "marvelled Krishnappa. Saving the already unsteady Anjinappa from walking 4-5 kilometres to either a medical shop or to our clinic gave us relief and peace. When Krishnamurthy assured him our future help of medicines and dry rations, his eyes welled up, and he whispered." You are my son,". 

Thank you for your continued support, especially to the committed recurring donors for the trust you have placed on our work. Let's work together to flatten the curve and anticipate normalcy.

With gratitude and stay safe,

Carolin George

 

 

 

 

Healthcare worker monitors blood pressure
Healthcare worker monitors blood pressure
Medicine distribution
Medicine distribution
An elderly patient gets her medicines
An elderly patient gets her medicines
Instructions, compassionately being explained
Instructions, compassionately being explained
Our team of doctors and nurses
Our team of doctors and nurses
Dry ration distributed to a  community member
Dry ration distributed to a community member
 
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