Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore

by Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Healthcare to 12,000 poor in rural Bangalore
Sujatha, in a serene mind and active
Sujatha, in a serene mind and active

Dear donors,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital.

"There's a continuous flow of customers to my griding mill now, and so is my income," says a smiling and relieved Hanumantha. "My mill is regularly open now. Previously I would often fall sick due to diabetes and close my mill. I visited many hospitals; spent time and money, but my sugar level was always high. After I began my treatment with you, I feel better, and my sugar level has become normal now. Now with your e-mobile clinic in our village, it's even more convenient. I don't have to travel to see a doctor; I can see the doctor and talk to her on mobile. This is great," says an excited Hanumantha.

"Life was difficult during the second wave of COVID," whispered Leelamma, gazing at the ground. "We were terrified as to where could we go if there's an emergency. "Not many people came here to help us, and we have felt forgotten," she added. "But you have come. Thank you. Now, I am a regular visitor to the e-mobile clinic, and I can talk and clear all my doubts with the doctor. We are saving time and money. You are distributing my medicines at my doorstep," she gratefully tells our healthcare worker during an e-consultation.

Thank you. Because of you, all of this — and much more — is possible. Thank you so much for being committed to building a healthier environment for rural villages.

e-mobile clinics

With the spread of COVID, people are still hesitant to seek treatment from hospitals, and our e-mobile clinics, held in their villages, are seen as welcoming facilities. 

To ensure the patients receive proper treatment at the e-clinics, we have trained our healthcare workers to perform BP measurements, test GRBs tests. Depending on the readings, they connect patients to the doctors. Doctors prescribe the medicines, and our healthcare workers distribute the medicines. Our e-mobile clinics work well for chronic diseases and act as an effective triaging system for hospital referrals.

During June, July and August, through our e-mobile clinics, we treated 790 patients primarily for various ailments.

Mother Teresa Hospital in the village

Patients who are referred from e-mobile clinics visit Mother Teresa Hospital, where the doctors are physically available. 14-year-old Siri and her father experienced a severe toothache, and they found no relief from medicines bought over the counter in their village. Smiling after many days, they say, "We are so relieved. My daughter and I could not eat for days, and neither could we travel to the city to a hospital. We are happy that we came across you." A friendly atmosphere and close connection with the doctors and nurses make the community christen Mother Teresa Hospital "Our Hospital."

We treated 2161 patients at Mother Teresa Hospital for various diseases.

Concessional support to poor patients

From e-mobile clinics to Mother Teresa Hospital, patients who need emergency treatment, surgery are referred to our main hospital. Most of them are poor and cannot afford the treatment which they essentially need. Assessing their ability to pay, we offer a concession. Sometimes, the entire bill is written-off. 

49-year-old Ravi, a vegetable vendor who experienced severe pain from varicose, was referred from our Mother Teresa Hospital. Ravi is recovering after a few days at the hospital. Ravi came without any family members with unbearable pain. One of our team members helps him with all the hospital procedures, for he cannot walk and is an alien in a vast hospital. For someone who earns only US$4-5 a day, or there are times he does not earn even a dollar, and to a family which is no stranger to poverty, a hospital bill of US$ 350 would have been an impossible one to pay. If not for the concession, the poor such as Ravi would rather suffer and not get the treatment. We did waive off a considerable amount of his bill. 

Then there's this 24-year-old Prema, who has been diabetic from the age of 12 years. She dreamt of becoming a lab technician, but prolonged diabetes blighted her dreams. Always listless, she remained at home, needing her mother to take care of her. Her father, working hard as a farmer could barely feed this family. During COVID, her younger brother too lost his job. Now and then, she is in and out of our hospital. "We have no more tears to shed; you are the only saviour for us," the parents tell our healthcare worker whenever he visits them. With a concession in the hospital bill, Prema is recovering i is still looking forward to sparkle in her life.

Our care, treatment and the concession we offer is something that gives a touch of hope—a feeling of being loved and noticed.

Mental Health

With the emergence of COVID, one of the critical areas needing attention is mental health. Loss of lives, depression, livelihood robbed, and school closure–all bundled have created a new-found challenge. 

To help the community cope with such challenges, a team of physiatrists and phycologists travel to our camp in one of the villages, treating new and existing patients. With regular home visits, we track their progress, and they or any family member can call us for any emergency.

On a recent prison visit to provide a general health check-up, many prisoners and the authorities showed keen interest in counselling, anger management strategies and instilling peace. We are in the process of arranging further visits to the prison. Meanwhile, we have offered to run a dental check-up for the prisoners at our Mother Teresa Hospital. It looks that they have never had a dental check-up. 

Sujatha is one among the many people we have counselled, treated, provided medication and brought in a change in her life. Married to a person with alcoholic habits, Sujatha was depressed over many incidents. Even after her husband turned sober, she suffered from anxiety, suicidal ideation and a sudden burst of anger. Sujatha would sit the whole day without speaking to anyone.

Though she is still under our treatment, we were surprised to see her active and running behind her hens and goats, merrymaking on our recent visit.

Along with Sujatha, we are joyful, too, for we see a different Sujatha now.

We are encouraged by your continued support; it gives meaning to what we do. Some of you have been our long-term donors. Thank you for believing in us and our cause. We'd be grateful if you shared this report with your family and friends who, like you, would be keen to support the poor who face several challenges in seeking healthcare. 

Gratefully,

Carolin George

 

Sujatha working in a field
Sujatha working in a field
Prison visit
Prison visit
Hanumantha at our e-mobile clinic
Hanumantha at our e-mobile clinic
Hanumantha working at his mill
Hanumantha working at his mill
Prema, with her family
Prema, with her family
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Nanachamma is so joyful to see the doctor
Nanachamma is so joyful to see the doctor

Dear donors,

Thank you for sprucing our efforts to innovate healthcare for the rural community, especially during the second wave of COVID-19.   Alongside the effects of COVID, the community must find ways to protect themselves from further complications of diabetes and hypertension. 

For the past few years, you have continually supported our Smile on Wheels project that took healthcare to the doorstep of the poor. With the arrival of COVID, the spread of the infection, lockdowns, and social distancing mushroomed, compelling us to halt the Smile on Wheels. However, people with complications of diabetes and hypertension were left without regular testing and medications which could lead to further complications. Therefore,  we had to interchange the Smile on Wheels with e-consultations in the rural villages and urban slums. 

It is sad to think that someone in a village or urban slums may not know that their diabetes and hypertension are at dangerous levels. It could be the sweet and loveable 70-year old widow like Nanchamma or a familied person struggling to provide for his family—like Muniraju.

"My medicines dried up; I was not sure if my diabetes and blood pressure were normal or way above," said Nanchamma when our healthcare worker Krishnamurthy met her in her house. Nanchamma's sullen face and disturbed mind were injected with fear and anxiety. "I haven't seen your doctor's face for the past two months," she said. Krishnamurthy told her about our e-consultation, and she could attend when we hold it next in her village. She shook her head in affirmation, though she clearly had doubts about his assurance. 

Nanchamma arrived for the e-consultation. She sat among the cluster of the other community members who had gathered. When the phone rang, she couldn't believe her eyes. She sprang from her chair, pranced towards the mobile and greeted the doctor. "I cannot believe it. Now I can talk to you?" she asked the doctor. She spoke endlessly about her dizziness, pain, loneliness, and healthcare dearth during COVD-19.

After the first e-consultation and the medicines in hand,  she already had more pep in her step. Although quiet and timid upon arrival, she left the hospital a spunky soul who was always smiling and giggling, anticipating freshness in her life.

45-year-old Muniraju's blood pressure and diabetes increased to a high level during COVID. But since he had a cold, no nearby clinics or hospitals were ready to treat him. An agriculturist, he was worried about not being able to work in his field. "I didn't know where we would get our next meal," he said. Nandish, our healthcare worker, advised him to join the e-consultation. Not only did we treat him for his diabetes and blood pressure, Nandish regularly checked on his temperature and oxygen level, even though he tested negative.  Muniraju is excited about returning to his field, and the entire family is relieved that healthcare through e-consultation was at their doorstep. They have buried their bag of worries and are working their way to lead healthy and pleasant life.

With your support, we conducted 779 e-consultations from March to May 2021. Our e-consultations are swelling the joy of the community, flooding relief and dotting their life with a puddle of resources to lead a healthy life.

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated through this trying time so that we can continue to care for those who so desperately need hope and healing.

With gratitude,

Carolin George

Head – Community Health Division

Nanchamma (in a red saree) at the e-consultation
Nanchamma (in a red saree) at the e-consultation
Nanchamma receives her medicines
Nanchamma receives her medicines
Munirajau clad in a white shirt at the centre
Munirajau clad in a white shirt at the centre
Sanitising procedure at the e-consultation
Sanitising procedure at the e-consultation
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A patient receives e-consultation
A patient receives e-consultation

Dear donors,

Thank you for your continued support. Amidst all the chaos created by COVID, your love and care spread many miles and touched lives.

E-mobile clinics

In rural areas of Bangalore, there's no such thing as a quick trip to the doctor. That's a luxury most cannot afford, and distance to a healthcare centre is another barrier. COVID has made it even more difficult. 

Before the spread of COVID-19, our Smile on Wheels, along with a team of doctors and nurses travelled to villages to provide preventive medical services. However, after COVOD-19, we feared that if a team of doctors and nurses travel from the hospital, it would risk the community. Therefore, to ensure the community stays safe from COVID and also continue to provide basic healthcare,  we began our e-consultations. In the case of any emergency or complications that we cannot solve over e-consultations, our team would travel to the villages, or we will bring the patients to our hospital.

We conduct e-mobile clinics monthly in each village. Our healthcare workers visit each village, identifying people who have ailments or the community leaders connect people who need our support. For those with diabetes and blood pressure, our healthcare workers take the reading and connect them to our doctors. Similarly, for any other ailments too, they can get connected through our e-consultations. Thus, the community save money, time and travel cost involved in reaching any healthcare centres or hospitals.

So, you brought the doctors to them through 601 e-consultation, making it possible for people to receive medical care, for the past three months along with the necessary medicines at a concessional rate.

A fresh start to life

40-year old Manjunath from a rural village in Bangalore can't stop thanking the "kampooter doctor sir” (an online doctor) for asking him about his health, prescribing the right medicine and also checking on his diet, which brought down his blood pressure and diabetes.

"I need a monthly check-up and you visiting our village and connecting me to a doctor is like magic. And now we can see and talk to the doctor," he says with an amused smile, to our healthcare worker, Madhu.

With assured healthcare at his doorstep, Manjunath works confidently in his field, yielding happiness, good health, and a bountiful harvest.

Thank you for helping us hold e-consultations in the villages. 

Living with hope

"Life is difficult," whispered the 84-year old Narasamma, gazing at the ground. Raja, our healthcare worker, had to lean forward to hear her feeble voice. "I wasn't expecting anyone to come and help me. Seeing you makes me live with hope," says the teary-eyed Narasamma.

"Narasamma is a widow, living alone. She recently lost her only son. Her struggles mirror her weathered skin, wrinkles and puffed eyes. You gave Narasamma hope through our e-consultation. She need not travel ten kilometres to reach a healthcare centre. Instead, she speaks to our doctors from her home, clears all her doubts, and the pharmacist present during the e-consultation in villages immediately distributes the medicines.

Raja's visits rejoice her heart, and Narasamma lives with hope.

Together, we have reached many exciting milestones in the past. Could we kindly ask you to continue and share work with your family and friends who may be keen to support? Thank you for your support and for being there for us and helping us carry out this amazing work and transform lives.

 

With gratitude,

Dr Carolin George

A vibrant and healthy Manjunath with his harvest
A vibrant and healthy Manjunath with his harvest
Narasamma is relieved to get her medicines
Narasamma is relieved to get her medicines
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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
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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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Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Bangalore, Karnataka India
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