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
People in a slum waiting to meet the doctors
People in a slum waiting to meet the doctors

Dear donors, 

Greetings from Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society!

Thank you for the trust and confidence you have in our work. Together, we did make a difference!

The basic medical services which should be the right of the poor are either not available or easily accessible to them or they are unable to afford what is available,” says Dr Leeberk, who heads the outreach services, underlining the critical need for primary healthcare to reach their doorstep. He adds, “You should see the smile and relief on these people’s faces when they receive the treatment.” 

While most people come to our mobile clinics seeking medical care, we are aware of many others who come just for the love, comfort and reassurance, which they receive aplenty.  Because of your steadfast support, I am happy to report that 2899 persons visited our mobile clinics during the period October to December 2017. Thank you for being part of this important mission!

Through your support, we were able to check blood sugar levels for 1152 persons. 

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes accounts for six out of ten deaths in India.

“Not too sure why – however, I do get tired often and feel dizzy,” said the 70-year old Shivalingappa from Thammanahalli village in Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore Rural, during one of our house visits. Our healthcare worker advised him to visit our mobile clinic.

“His blood sugar and pressure was way too high when he reported to our mobile clinic at his village.  We quickly did an ECG and started him on treatment.  Shivalingappa is a rejuvenated man now!  He visits our mobile clinic regularly for his check-up and medication. “I feel good after meeting the doctors in the van. They listen to me patiently”.

On a recent visit, he said, “I’m not able to see properly. Please check my eyes.”  We referred him to our hospital for a cataract surgery. Shivalingappa can see clearly now and is able to work in his agricultural field as well.

“I see the beauty of my wife better now,” chuckles Shivalingappa.

Without your support, Shivalingappa wouldn’t be enjoying such good health. It's amazing that simple, direct solutions have the immense impact on the lives of the poor such as Shivalingappa.

Thanks to you, we were able to conduct 51 cataract surgeries.

To the poor, healthcare at their doorstep is a true life changer. Unlike many others who burnt a hole in their pockets or agonise over their visits to a crowded hospital, you have helped them get comprehensive counselling and primary healthcare without all that stress.

Gift of a vision

Flashing a toothless smile, Ashwathya says, “I can hear well now and I don’t feel so tired anymore. In just one visit to the van clinic to my village, I got a solution to all my problems. The doctors at the clinic give us so much time and patiently explain in a language that we understand. We feel so blessed.” The 72-year old Ashwathya from Bannimangala, Devanahalli Taluk, is all smiles after he experiences better hearing after a long time.

We treated Ashwathya for a high level of blood sugar and pressure. He is on medication now and is also regular in his visits to the clinic.

During a friendly chat with the doctors, he shared his difficulty in hearing. The doctors then referred him to the District Disability Centre where Shivalingappa received a free hearing aid. 

“I enjoy talking to my wife now, which I missed previously,” says Ashwathya to our healthcare worker, with a twinkle in his eyes. 

Through your donations, we treated 907 diabetes patients and helped them regulate their diabetes. 

We do have challenges; travelling long distances, working in environments with limited lighting and ventilation and in hot and humid conditions day in and day out can zap your energy. But its the smile we see on the patients that give us the satisfaction that keeps us going.  You have made this possible through your donation. Thank you!

I hope this report demonstrates the impact your support has on the poor. We look to you for your continued support so that we can offer affordable and accessible healthcare at their doorstep.

 

 With gratitude,

Gift Norman

Shivalingappa and his wife lead a blissful life.
Shivalingappa and his wife lead a blissful life.
I can hear well - says Ashwathya
I can hear well - says Ashwathya
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Little Arifa recovering after the surgery
Little Arifa recovering after the surgery

Thank you for saving Arifa’s heart!

As we gather with Arifa’s family this week to say our gratitude to the Almighty, we couldn’t miss the chance to tell you: Thank you!

Little Arifa underwent the complicated congenital heart surgery on 1st November. She is recovering well in the hospital.

You’ve helped Arifa overcome her complicated congenital heart disorder. Because you supported the surgery, her treatment was possible. Thank you for your incredible support.

Arifa’s mother and father are so thankful to all who supported them; and they know that without your support, Arifa’s surgery would have been impossible.

Thank you for being an important part of Bangalore Baptist Hospital community, and for standing up for families such as Arifa when they need you most.

Please pray for her speedy recovery.

 

With gratitude,

Gift Norman

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Checking Narasamma's progress during a home visit
Checking Narasamma's progress during a home visit

Saving a heart brings smiles galore!

Dear donors,

Thank you for your unwavering support and encouragement. Your support helped us become permanent members of GlobalGiving. Each donation is vital to our mission of reaching out to communities with basic health care and thereby transforming many lives.  Thank you once again, for believing in our work and standing by us.

Heart of the matter

We have great news. Remember Arifa, the little girl who had a special mention in our GlobalGiving Accelerator campaign.  Our social worker coordinated with the hospital where Arifa will undergo surgery for her complicated congenital heart defect on 20th September 2017.  Arifa’s mother was overwhelmed with emotion when we informed her about the support that she had received from you.  She hugged Arifa tightly, thanking you and the Almighty.  As a migrant mother living in a slum. Arifa’s mother never imagined that she could raise 2500 $ for the treatment of her precious child, if not for your generous donation? She looks forward to the day when her little baby will be healthy again.  

We value your support and will keep you posted of Arifa’s progress after her surgery. Kindly uphold Arifa and her family in your prayers.

On the move – delivering hope and touching lives

For many people living in rural areas of Bangalore, major barriers to accessing health services is the lack of regular public transportation and high costs of healthcare.  We have been able to overcome both these barriers through our Smile on Wheels program and provide the much needed primary care to the door steps of the poor in rural areas.

We are happy to inform you that with your support, from June to August 2017, we have treated 2939 patients through our mobile clinics. You have been instrumental in bringing a change in their lives enabling them to lead a healthy life. From consultation with doctors, blood sugar testing,  eye, and dental check-up, providing medicines and referral to hospitals, the services provided through our mobile clinics offer immense benefits to the poor. Thank you for your assistance to strengthen our services.

With your support, we provided the following services through our Mobile Clinic:

Provided primary care at mobile clinics (Both rural, urban and medical camps) to 911 in June, 1274 in July and 754 in August. 

Number of GRBS conducted: June - 320,  July - 403 and August 290

Cataract surgery - June - 02, July - 08 and August - 19

Diabetic patients treated  - June 193, July - 289 and August - 256

Vision restored for Anjinappa

Anjinappa is all smiles as our ophthalmologist unwinds the bandages off Anjinappa’s eye.   Grinning widely, the 75 years old Anjinappa says “I can see clearly now”. This was a miracle; a transformation of life for Anjinappa and his wife.  Anjiniappa had been suffering from poor vision for more than four years. He hadn’t been able to work and support his family, having to rely on his wife for even simple errands.  To add to this misery, their son and daughter-in-law moved out their home, leaving the elderly couple to fend for themselves.  

Though removing a cataract would sound a simple and straightforward procedure for many, this is not the case for the rural poor, especially the elderly. Along with the cost of treatment, many are ignorant of the treatment available. That’s how we found Anjinappa who was living with poor vision for four years.

When we visited this couple one month after the surgery, we found him working in his field. He had bought a cow and two sheep. “I can see you clearly for the first time” pointing to our healthcare worker. “There were times when my wife would be away and I knew there was food, but I couldn’t see, so I would go hungry. Now, I won’t have that problem anymore.”

Anjinappa sells the milk and is able to meet their daily expenditure. It’s incredible to see how a  procedure costing just $ 8 can restore vision and completely turn around a person’s life. Thank you for bringing cheer to Anjinappa’s life.

Please continue to support our work so that many people like Anjinappa can have their sight restored.

Narasamma - Up and about

You would find the 70-year old Narasamma always in bed. “She is always sick,” says her neighbour. “We don’t know what’s wrong with her. The hospital is far and she cannot get into a bus. She feels giddy”, says another, adding “She recently she fell down while fetching water.”  Each had a different story to narrate about Narasamma. Nandish, our community health worker, on one of his village visits, discovered that she had high blood pressure and her sugar level was way too high!  

Nandish, got her to visit our mobile clinic at her village, a small village called Bannimangala in Bangalore Rural – 40 km from the city.

Narasamma, after her visit to our mobile clinic, has recovered; her blood pressure and diabetes are well controlled. We could see her energetically taking care of her goat.

Thank you for coming forward to support us and only because of you, we were able to save women such as Narasamma from being paralyzed, disabled or even die.

Thank you once again for helping us bring about tangible changes to the lives of the poor.  Please continue to support our “Taking healthcare to 6000 poor in Bangalore District. We have also posted another project “Deliver disability care to 25000 in rural Bangalore” and hope this project too would be of interest to you.

Please continue to uphold us and the community in your prayers.

 

Warmly,

 

Gift Norman

Ensuring Narasamma gets her medicines
Ensuring Narasamma gets her medicines
Anjinappa with his after the cataract surgery
Anjinappa with his after the cataract surgery
Anjinappa with his wife after the cataract surgery
Anjinappa with his wife after the cataract surgery
Arifa's mother, overwhelmed with your support
Arifa's mother, overwhelmed with your support
Little Arifa, awaiting her surgery
Little Arifa, awaiting her surgery

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Bangalore Baptist Hospital Society

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Carolin Elizabeth George
Bangalore, Karnataka India
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