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
The joyful Gangamma
The joyful Gangamma

Dear donors

 Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

 It is indeed my pleasure to touch base and report on the happenings over the past three months in our project “taking healthcare to the door step” of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups and people living in the rural parts of Bangalore. This is possible only because of you and your gracious support; you have helped bring a smile in exchange of sadness, joy to replace sorrow and hope to end despair! Many lives have been touched and transformed because of your generosity and kindness. Thank you!

 For the poor and marginalized, life is exceedingly tenuous. The lack of food, clean water, sanitation, poor access to quality healthcare causes so much pain, turmoil, despair and hopelessness! Lifting them out of this pit is our mission and I’m glad you are a partner in this noteworthy mission. God bless you and yours!

Shiva's story reveals the consequences being uninformed, neglecting symptoms and not getting timely help! Shiva didn’t know that if you ignore high blood pressure, it can leave you dead due to a heart attack or disabled due to a stroke and consequently lead a poor quality of life. “Whenever I had profound sweating or giddiness, I brushed it aside and blamed it on the summer heat, said Shiva.” But when Nandish, our healthcare worker heard this, he was alarmed. He realized that Shiva’s symptoms were not due to the summer heat and cannot be ignored.  Nandish advised him to attend our mobile clinic that was visiting Shiva’s village the following day. 

 Dr. Priya managing the rural mobile clinic that day took note of his symptoms and found his blood pressure to be very high. She gave him some immediate treatment and advised him to change his lifestyle and take medications regularly. A series of tests at our rural hospital revealed his cholesterol levels were high. This was also treated.

Shiva changed the way he lived based on advice he got at the mobile clinic. He got used to the change in his food habits, that his wife insisted he followed. He began to enjoy his morning walks. He never missed his daily medication. He even advised his wife, who has a thyroid problem to strictly follow medications and attend the mobile clinic regularly. “He is a completely changed person now,” she chuckles. During his morning walks, he greets his friends cheerfully, bragging about how a visit to our mobile clinic changed his life and renewed his health. His friends began to notice Shiva’s liveliness and wondered what the magic was?

 This is what you have helped us do…..touch lives with love, care, compassion and save lives!  You are the reason why we can take medical care close to homes of people, where none exists; it could be as simple as checking their blood pressure or sugar level, deliver much-needed medication and medical supplies at very affordable costs, and thus saves lives!

 Through your support, we were also able to reach out to 68-year old Gangamma. Gangamma is a widow and survives on her meagre old age pension and intermittent agricultural work in the nearby field. One day,  Madhu, our healthcare worker was on his routine rounds and home visits. When he entered Gangamma’s house, he saw that she was clearly in distress. She was pointing to her lower stomach area and complained of pain. Madhu advised her to come to the mobile clinic that was coming to her village.  Dr. Shilpa at the mobile clinic, examined her and suspected that Gangamma had an infection in her uterus and started her on treatment. Gangamma’s infection was controlled and she was relieved of pain. Though she feels sorrowful about her loneliness (her children do not visit her), she's comforted by the regular visits of Madhu, and says, "the only visitor I get is Madhu."

 Like Gangamma there are many other women in poor health needing your support; not only to overcome their physical ailments, but also to overcome their loneliness and isolation.

 

Thanks to your love and support, we reached 6125 people who needed healthcare through our mobile clinics

  •  Treated  2713 patients through our mobile clinics, ensuring the poor enjoyed quality and affordable care
  • Performed 1073 GRBS in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adapt a healthy life.
  • Completed 40 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone.
  • Treated  2298 diabetic patients, helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications

 We love what we do; but we cannot do it alone - and we need your support. We hope you'd continue to help us make a difference in the lives of the poor.

 With gratitude,

 Gift Norman

 “Our lives are worthless if we ignore human need”

Shivakumar (left) with Nandish, healthcare worker
Shivakumar (left) with Nandish, healthcare worker
Setting up a mobile clinic in a village
Setting up a mobile clinic in a village
GRBS procedure at a mobile clinic
GRBS procedure at a mobile clinic
Comfortable conversations - patient and doctor
Comfortable conversations - patient and doctor
Medicine ready to be given to patients
Medicine ready to be given to patients
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A delighted Ammayamma
A delighted Ammayamma

Dear donor,

As we begin 2019, we look back with joy and thankfulness to you for supporting our work at Bangalore Baptist Hospital  Society that touched and transformed the lives of so many people in 2018.

Thanks to your support, from October to December 2018, we we were able to take healthcare to the doorstep of 3117 people living in remote rural villages. We'd like to share two stories to illustrate the difference you have made to the lives of people living on the fringes of society. 

 Like many other women, for 65-year old Muniyamma from Nagamangala village of Devanahalli sub-district, travel and accessing healthcare wasn’t easy. “Travelling into town, changing two buses is tiresome and expensive. So, we never even think of periodic check-ups. We leave everything to God or fate,” say the women in the village in unison.

Three years back, Muniyamma shuffled her way to our mobile clinic that visited her village that day. She was in obvious distress due to stomach pain, nauseated and hadn’t eaten for days. Soon after consultation, the doctor at the mobile clinic knew there was something seriously wrong and immediately referred her to our hospital in the city, 40 Kms. away. Our team was able to arrange for an ambulance to get her there.  She was diagnosed to have stones and infection in her Gall Bladder. “We live hand-to-mouth, and there’s hardly any income to spare for adequate food, let alone medical expenses,” says Muniyamma who lost her husband early in her life and stays with her son, who is addicted to alcohol. “Thank God, the hospital gave me a huge reduction, and out of Rs.1,40,000 (US$1965), I was asked to pay only Rs 20,000 (US$280). You saved my life,” she says gratefully.

“Now with your mobile clinic visiting our village regularly, I never miss my check-up. You bring healthcare closer to my home along with medicines at reasonable cost,” adds a cheerful and vibrant Muniyamma.

“The joy is back” Munniyamma says with her radiant smile. With improved health and time on her hands, she has bought some sheep and happily walks around grazing them. Thanks to you for your gracious support. 

We would also like to share the joy of 75-year old Ammayamma of Nagamangala village. Being a widow, she is entirely dependent on her sons. Hence, seeing a doctor depends on her sons' availability. Suffering from diabetes and hypertension for the past ten years, Ammayamma needs regular check-up and medications. Through a neighbor, she came across Krishnamurthy, our field assistant and she hasn't stopped smiling since then. "I am delighted. I have to only take a few steps from my house, and I get all the attention and treatment I need. How fortunate we are. We get a chance to explain to the doctors and nurses how we feel. And they never get tired of patiently replying all our queries. We are privileged. My diabetes and hypertension are under control now." 

And there is Janardhan whom we have reported on earlier. While he makes arrangements for a caretaker to be with him at the hospital during his surgery for varicosity, our regular visits keep his hopes alive. His wife, the only earning member in the family, cannot afford to take a break from work. and be with him during his surgery. However, we are hopeful of finding a solution. A grateful Janardhan cites his improved health condition to our care. Even the community members point out that his ulcers have healed and the swelling on his legs have drastically come down. 

Along with Munniyamma, Ammayamma, and Janardhan, we have: 

  • Treated 3117 patients through our mobile clinics, ensuring the poor enjoyed quality and affordable care
  • Performed 1043 GRBS in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adopt a healthy life.
  • Completed 29 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone
  • Treated 2701 diabetic patients, helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications


Thank you, it's only beacuse of people like you that we can save lives, and we are so grateful for your generosity. 


With gratitude, 

Gift Norman

A joyful Muniyamma
A joyful Muniyamma
A hopeful Janardhan
A hopeful Janardhan
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Dear friend,

We have some wonderful news !

Your thoughtful and generous support is touching so many lives; even adding days, months and years to their lives !

We couldn’t but help smile with deep sense of gratitude when we heard what had happened to Janardhan, Narayana, Chikkanarayanasway, Muniappa and the 3997 people who visited our mobile clinics from July to September 2018.

Be inspired and blessed reading their stories. Thank you for the difference you make to their lives. 

Like Janardhan ….

A foot ulcer, high blood sugar and a prolonged stay at the hospital left Janardhan and his family penniless and homeless. He was forced to send his children aged six and eight to a government hostel. It broke his heart.  His high blood sugar levels had affected his vision, and he had to rely on his wife even for simple tasks. “We lost everything, including our home; and what pains us most, is the separation from our children. We are emotionally and financially drained” said Janardhan on his first visit to our mobile clinic held in his village.

“He needed daily insulin injections that cost round Rs.800 (US$ 11) per month, besides other medication.  With proper medication and wound care provided free of cost, Janardhan’s diabetes is under control. However, Janardhan needs further surgery and skin grafting for his ulcer.  We’re happy that he came to us at least at this juncture,” says Dr. Bindhya, one of our doctors.

“Both us are thankful to the mobile clinic team and the hospital staff who treated me. They certainly are a cut above the rest,” says Janardhan gratefully.

We thank YOU for helping us reach out to persons such as Janardhan; we hope you’d continue to support Janardhan for his further treatment.

And Chikkanarayaswamy—a 65-year old man who didn't fully realize that having high blood pressure and blood sugar can have life-threatening consequences. Till the time he visited to our mobile clinic, he wasn’t taking any medication.  He often fell sick. His wife was at a loss as what to do till they came to our mobile clinic. “Now I feel better; I eat healthy food, do not miss taking my medicines or walking. I eagerly wait for Madhu’s visits (our healthcare worker), who counsels and encourages me. Thank you for guiding me to have better health", he says with a smile.

Narayana—who has been our patient for the past seven years is so thankful to the mobile clinic, that reaches his doorstep. The entire family visits our hospital for any ailment even though they have to travel 40 kilometers, which they feel is still worth it. “I am comfortable with talking to the doctors who patiently explain about my medications and diet. I wouldn’t go to any other hospital,” says the cheerful Narayana.

For people such as Janardhan,  your support  transformed a hopeless situation to one of hope and renewed life again. “Not only do we receive love and care, but receving care at our door step at very affordable costs is a God-given gift,” echoes Narayana and his family.  Again, we thank you for your kind donation. You are part of their lives too.

Along with the above:

  • Treated 3997 patients through our mobile clinics, ensuring the poor enjoyed quality and affordable care
  • Performed 1221 GRBS in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adopt a healthy life.
  • Completed 39 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone
  • Treated 680 diabetic patients, helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications

Imagine if you or a loved one needed a doctor, but were not able to reach one because of financial constraint or inaccessibility. For people in Bangalore Rural, getting to the nearest medical facility may mean travelling more than 60 kilometers and burning a hole in their pockets.

Your kind gift brings hope and miracles to the lives of the poor who look to us for their basic healthcare. We are happy that you're a part of this miracle story ! 

We have also added as additional document our annual report carrying stories of people we have helped overcome their challenges in life. We hope you’d enjoy reading these life-changing stories.

With gratitude,

Gift Norman

Chikkanarayanaswamy working at his mill
Chikkanarayanaswamy working at his mill
A healthy Narayanaswamy working in his field
A healthy Narayanaswamy working in his field

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Parvathamma
Parvathamma

Dear friends,

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

Your financial gift helped women like Parvathamma get immediate medical care. You support enabled us take health care to the distant corners of Bangalore Rural district.

Thank you!

“I am relieved of the pain” says Parvathamma!

It’s difficult not to notice her broad and beautiful smile!

She was all smiles when she saw Raja our community health worker, while we made ourselves comfortable on the small verandah of her home. With a twinkle in her eye, she narrated what had happened to her over the past two months.  “I feel no pain now;  I thank Raja and the mobile clinic team, who saved my life” she said.

Parvathamma, was one of Raja’s many diabetic patients, he routinely visited. On one such visit, Parvathamma complained she had stomach pain, which she said was quite bad at times. He advised her to consult the doctor in our mobile clinic, when it called in on her village. She was seen at the mobile clinic and referred to our hospital where they found that she had stones in her gallbladder. Fearing the costs of the surgery, she was reluctant to undergo surgery. However, with our assurance that the hospital would write off her medical bill, she agreed.  

Parvathamma is back in her village and stays with her son. She spends her time picking jasmine flowers in their garden; something that keeps her occupied and gives her great joy! Her garden is now in full bloom, as though the flowers were awaiting her return to bloom!

Many of the women in rural areas either live alone or with their married children. Several have faced debilitating life circumstances, experiencing the pain and trauma that accompanies poverty. As we provide health care to these families, we find the need to recognize, address, and minister to their emotional health as well.

Thank you for making this a reality.

We’re overjoyed and thank God that like Parvathamma, we are able to touch the lives of the many, who are restored back to health because of your very significant contribution !  

 Alongside Parvathamma, we: 

  • Provided access to primary care to 2484 patients through our mobile clinics (both rural & urban) – ensuring the poor have a good quality affordable care
  • Performed 1060 GRBs in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adopt a healthy life.
  • Completed 32 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone!
  • Treated 727 diabetic patients – helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications.

This is what they had to say:

65-year old Anjinamma from Bommavara villag, a kind-hearted lady who is available to render help to her neighbours at any time, any help!

"Going to consult doctors who are in the town is tiresome, as there are no regular bus services from my village. The medicines are also expensive ! But the mobile clinic to my village is a great help, as I can get to see a doctor and get medicines near my home itself. Since they come regularly once a month, I’m able to take continual treatment at a reasonable fee, I can afford.”

 76-year old Lakshmana who runs a tea stall for his living in Bommavara village

 “People in my village wait every month for the mobile clinic. Though I don’t have hypertension or diabetes I do a monthly check-up. As I have this small tea stall, I would find it difficult to take a trip to the hospital far away. Why go to a far-off hospital, when the hospital comes to our doorstep?"

There are still many more children, women, elderly and persons with disability who need our love and support. Thank you for helping us to reach out to these communities to enable them to lead healthy lives!

Thank you for making a difference!

 

With gratitude,

Parvathamma's garden
Parvathamma's garden
Lakshmanna
Lakshmanna
Anjinamma
Anjinamma

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Deepana, having great fun with her cousins
Deepana, having great fun with her cousins

Dear donors,

First, let me start with a BIG thank you!

Your recent donation indicates that you understand just how valuable providing healthcare at the doorstep means to the poor. 

Let me tell you what your donation meant to one little girl -Deepana! 

Bharath and Lakshmi, parents of Deepana were anxious and pained looking at their six-year-old lying listlessly in their one room shack in a small village Chainpur, Bajhang District in Nepal. She had become skin and bones, suffering from fever and cough. They had taken Deepana to many doctors; given many cough syrups and medicines; but there was no improvement in her condition. 

Deepana's parents realized that something drastic and immediate had to be done to save their precious child. Deepana's father decided that the best option would be to take the child to Bangalore where her uncle lived. Leaving his four other children and wife behind, he travelled with Deepana an impossible 2,525 kilometres; changing buses six times and spending two nights and a day on a train, he reached her uncle’s house in Bangalore! 

Deepana was taken to a Government Hospital where she was diagnosed to have disseminated tuberculosis. The doctors admitted her and started her immediately on treatment. Her condition improved and she was discharged and asked to continue medication from the primary health center closer to her home.

However their troubles didn't end there.They found it difficult to get medications regularly; the correct dosage and daily medications required was not available. After a few fruitless visits to the center, they gave up. Deepana began to feel sick once again. 

God's miracles come in the most unexpected and mysterious ways. Krishnamurthi, our healthcare worker happened to visit Deepana's home during his routine visit to the village. He was troubled by what he saw and heard. He convinced Deepana's father to bring the child to the mobile clinic that was visiting their settlement the following day. One look at her and the doctor at the mobile clinic knew she needed immediate help. The doctor and nurse spoke to the doctors at the Govt. hospital and arranged for the regular supply of medication for Deepana. Her uncle's family was screened for tuberculosis, counselled and high protein powder packets were provided for Deepana.

With regular medication and care, Deepana is better now. Her father brings her regularly for a check-up to the monthly mobile clinic that visits their settlement. She's gained weight and runs about happily playing with her cousins.   

Feeling reassured with our care and support, her uncle said, "You came to our doorstep and saved Deepana. We were able to go for work daily because you were there for us. Thank you for your love and compassion for our child.” 

Alongside Deepana, we: 

  • Provided access to primary care to 2384 patients through our mobile clinics (both rural & urban) – ensuring the poor have good quality affordable care
  • Performed 933 GRBS in our mobile clinics – helping the community to adopt a healthy life.
  • Completed 34 cataract surgeries – enabling the elders to have a better vision – many of them live alone!
  • Treated 73 diabetic patients – helping them to keep their sugar levels under control and protecting them from further complications.

Though these may seem small changes, you know that they are not. That's why you gave; and we are grateful for your generosity. You make this possible; that healthcare can reach the poor and we can touch lives of children such as Deepana !

Thank you once agan for your love and support !

With gratitude, 

 Dr. Gift Norman

Deepana - happy and refreshed!
Deepana - happy and refreshed!
Deepana's great friend - the chick!
Deepana's great friend - the chick!
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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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