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
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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Dear friends,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society.

Thank you for every generous donation you make; you are helping us make a difference in the lives of the poor and vulnerable communities.

"I am refreshed and exuberant," rejoiced Ashwathamma who is one among many whom you have helped get access to affordable healthcare. In addition to suffering from migraine, Ashwathamma often felt listless and weary. "I work in a garden, watering the lawn. Often, my legs would wobble when I water for a long time," she explained to Dr. Shilpa when she visited our mobile clinic.

"Ashwathamma's haemoglobin was far below the accepted level. So we treated her giving her iron tablets.   Her migraine issue was also addressed," says Dr. Shipa.

On a recent home visit to Ashwathamma's village, our healthcare worker noticed her back to work and full of energy. "Now I can water for a long time. So, that's good news. I can earn Rs.250 per day (US$3.50) per day. Along with my husband's earning, we can survive," she says with a smile. 

Thank you once again for your support which helps people such as Ashwathamma to get healthcare support on time. Mostly, people who work on a daily wage are hesitant to visit a clinic or a hospital in the distance for fear of losing a day's salary. With your donation, Ashwathamma was able to get herself back again.

We look forward to continuing the journey of healing the pood with you.

With gratitude,

 

Carolin George

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Checking Naramamma's sugar level at her house
Checking Naramamma's sugar level at her house

Dear donors,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society.

Everything we do at Bangalore Baptist Hospital is fueled by the belief that taking healthcare to the doorstep is possible —and it is possible, because of supporters like you. 

Thank you for being with us and you make a difference. 

60-year old Narasamma (above) struggles every day to get basic healthcare from where she lives—a small village called Bannimangala, around 40 km from Bangalore city. 

When our community health worker, Nandish first spotted Narasamma, she looked tired. "I feel so sick. I can't do any work," she complained.  He checked her blood pressure and it was way too high and so was her blood sugar. It was clear Narasamma needed help fast.

Our mobile clinic reached just in time.

Narasamma hardly had any idea about her tiredness, giddiness, excessive thirst and frequent hunger.  "Everything looked so foggy. I can't even make out who's standing next to me," she complained to our mobile clinic doctor. "For so many years, Narasamma has lived with  hypertension and diabetes. She has cataract in both her eyes and could barely see," Dr Bindhya, who treated her, tells us.

Dr. Bindhya's first step was to bring down Narasamma's blood pressure and diabetes. With the support of our healthcare worker, who visited her often, it was easy to treat her. People such as Narasamma needs awareness, motivation and support, and our healthcare workers ensure such facility.. Hailing from the same villages, their rapport is cordial and so is the trust and confidence.

"She does need surgery to remove her cataract in both her eyes. Let's wait till her high blood pressure and diabetes are under control," says Dr. Bindhya.

Narasamma is getting better and back to doing her household work, even though she does her cooking by guessing and touching the provisions. When Dr Bindhya asked her, how do you manage your household work, she said, "I guess - by touching.... this is rice, this is dhal, and then I cook. " There's a big smile on her face, even in the midst of such chaos around her. 

And that's where you come into Narasamma's story.  Our healthcare worker spotting her on time, Dr Bindhya treating her and our planned cataract surgery - such avenues are possible because you support this lifesaving work. Thank you for helping us to take our mobile clinic to the doorstep of the poor. 

From August to October 2019, we provided primary care to 2886 people in our mobile clinics; monitored sugar level (GRBS) for 911 people; treated 432 patients for diabetes and performed 60 cataract surgeries at our hospital.

We hope you'd continue to support us in our drive to take healthcare to the doorstep of the poor. Please share this report with your friends and relatives who may find it a blessing to help persons such as Narasamma to have the cataract surgery.

With gratitude,

Carolin George

Checking Narasamma's blood pressure at her house
Checking Narasamma's blood pressure at her house
A patient at our mobile clinic
A patient at our mobile clinic
Patients collecting medicines at our mobile clinic
Patients collecting medicines at our mobile clinic
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Colourful life
Colourful life

Dear donors & friends,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society


We gratefully acknowledge and thank you for your kind support that helped 3773 people receive basic healthcare through our mobile clinics during the past three months; needless to say the significant difference it has made to the lives of these people.

 In addition, we were able to check the sugar level (GRBS) in 1434 patients

Identified and referred 65 persons for cataract surgery in our hospital

Treated 884 persons with diabetes 

 

A chitter-chatter, walk and an exuberant life!

 "Are you ready?" squeals 60-year old Anjinamma, over the shrubs that separate her from her neighbour. "Will join you soon," comes the prompt reply. "What about Basavamma?" enquires Anjinamma? These women are not going to a wedding or for shopping; but instead, for a walk to improve their health, as the doctor had adviced.

 A few months ago, Anjinamma felt light-headed and slept most of the time. "Travelling to a nearby hospital took a lot of effort, time and money to pay for the transport and medicines. But, thanks to your mobile clinic, I feel my burdens have been lightened," she says, sporting a wide grin. The same women, a few months earlier, couldn't find the time for walking. Having become aware of the consequences of leading a sedentary life, they sharpened their time management skills. "We leave the house around 5.30 in the morning and get back at 6.30 - just in time for our morning household chores. Our sugar level has come down, and the cholesterol and thyroid level remains normal. We are active than ever before," responds all the three of them. 

Lack of transportation and money exclude the poor living in our remote villages from receving medical care.  But, not anymore; your support has helped the mobile clinic to reach them and provide care almost at their door step. Thank you!

 

A smile beyond medicines

 We believe healthcare goes beyond a medical diagnosis and a prescription. By providing holistic care, we spread joy, create opportunities, give knowledge and offer hope. At our tiny makeshift clinics we discover some health problems go beyond just physical ailments; but are a consequence of complex social and psychological issues.  The ever-smiling Sarojamma, who has been our patient for the past three years, just needed that extra support and counseling instead of  medicines. Though young, she suffered from several complaints; after a heart-to-heart chat with one of our doctors, she was restored back to health.              

She is also a leader and facilitator in her village; encouraging and motivating many of the women who often neglect their health, to attend the mobile clinic. "Previously, I often felt tired and fatigued. Looking after the cows was a herculean task and I ended up feeling depressed at the end of the day. Now, I feel energetic and full of vigor; we are a happy family working and enjoying life together," says Sarojamma with the smile that endorses her statement. 

 We are encouraged and motivated 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' 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.  We remain grateful.

 With gratitude,

 Gift Norman

The fitness trio with our healthcare worker
The fitness trio with our healthcare worker
Sarojamma starts her day in a full swing
Sarojamma starts her day in a full swing
Sarojamma the steady walker
Sarojamma the steady walker
A happy family
A happy family
Sarojamma sharing a lighter moment with her son
Sarojamma sharing a lighter moment with her son
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Consultation & conversation in a temple courtyard
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Shualab, back to his making of drums
Shualab, back to his making of drums

Dear donors

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

It’s always a joy to share life changing stories with our friends who have kindly supported our work. Here’s a story of Shualab whose life was saved at the nick of time, because you helped to take our mobile medical team to the slum settlement, where he lives.   

The drums are back!

For a few days, the migrant community living in the Rachanahalli slum hadn’t heard the sound of Shualab’s drums. Each night, Shualab would carefully check the sounds of the drums he had made, before he packed them for sale the next morning.  He had been feeling sick for the past ten days, suffering from stomach pain. 

While Shualab and his brother came to Bangalore for a living, his family stayed back in his village in the Northern part of the country. All they knew was to make these drums called “Dollaks” and sell them on the streets of the city. They earned anything between zero to Rs. 900 per day, if the sale was good on that day.

Shualab was the first patient to be seen by our doctor, as soon as the mobile van reached his slum. “He looked sick with pain written all over his face and was clutching his stomach. He groaned when I felt his distended stomach. I knew straightaway that, here was a man who had to be rushed immediately to hospital” said the doctor.  He was diagnosed with appendicitis and was immediately operated to remove his infected appendix.  “I have never experienced such acute pain,” said Shualab, when Suresh, our Program Manager met him at the hospital later. “I thought I would lose my brother. What would I tell my mother if something happened to him?” said his elder brother.

When discharge day came, Shualab and his brother were concerned about the bill. We were able to help him; the doctors at the hospital wrote off 75% of his bill. Because of you, Shualab was able to receive timely help that potentially saved his life, through the mobile medical program you so generously support.

Back home, Shualab is recuperating and looking forward to getting back to his business and now one can hear his drums again!

We are grateful to each of you for walking with us on this journey to reach out to those who are in need. After all life is worthless, if we ignore people in need. We’d be delighted if you shared this story with your family and friends, so that they could also join us on this journey.

With gratitude,

Gift Norman

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Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Carolin Elizabeth George
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