It has been six months since we last touched base on our hospital project in India. Since that time, we have struggled with some challenges. But we have some new opportunities and I feel soon, we will have some better and better news for the future.
We are still operating without a full-time doctor, but we do have two on-call doctors available to us and we do employ their services regularly. In addition, we have four nurses and two aides along with a pharmacy technician. In June, we have a new administrator starting at the hospital. This is a key position in an India hospital and will be a big help in advancing our reputation and will allow for some re-establishment of work with missions teams of medical people from Canada and US.
As I mentioned last time, the main challenge we are faced with is finding a way to attract a doctor to this part of rural India. We are looking for a qualified person with a heart to help regardless of the personal sacrifices. I think we may be making some strides in this direction as we started discussions with a family in a nearby state that may be interested in moving to Navapur. Keep praying.
As far as the day to day operations are concerned, we are seeing 30 to 40 patients per month through our outpatient department. Some cases involve wound care with people being treated and sent home. As well, we have been actively treating a number of cases of jaundice and chicken pox. Without treatment, the health of these patients would have been greatly jeopardized in this living environment.
Medical outreach camps continue to be a main focus of our work. In April, we conducted three camps in distant villages.
One of the most exciting developments recently is a major donation from an estate that will be used over the next several years to fund an expanding work in the field of pediatrics and maternity. As we develop the plans for this money with our board's approval, I will let you know how these changes will advance our work in Navapur. The donation is sizable and will make a major impact on children's health care in the area.
It is never easy or uncomplicated working in India or in health care. The challenge is big but the results are worth the effort. We are very excited to see where this is going. Thanks again for taking part in this and we will continue to make every effort honour your contributions.
Randy and Laura Wyton
The time has come for me to keep you somewhat up to date on the goings-on in India at Grace Hospital. Attached is a newsletter covering our latest endeavour.
Things could be better at the hospital. We are presently without a doctor. It is a real challenge to attract an educated professional to this part of rural India. We are looking for a qualified person with a heart to help regardless of the personal sacrifices. This is a hard combination to find. In February of 2015, Laura and I will be going to India, in part to see if we can find a doctor that will meet our needs.
Once we overcome this hurdle, we can get on with the business of being a better health care facility. Our future plans include setting up a regional network of community health care workers to attend to needs in the more remote village locations. Our role will be training and medical support. Along with this, we hope to expand our work in the maternity field.
It is never easy or uncomplicated working in India or in health care. The challenge is big but the results are worth the effort. Thanks again for taking part in this and we will continue to make every effort to honour your contributions.
Download the latest newsletter here.
I just want to bring you a quick update on Grace Hospital so you know we are on the job and moving ahead. The additional support we have been able to raise since the start of the year has gone a long way in establishing some financial independence and to improve areas of care.
One of the biggest developments is the addition of an experienced gynecologist who will be moving from south India to work in our expanding maternity practice. Maternity care is one of the primary health care needs in the community. The presence of a skilled female doctor with a strong desire to help the lower caste people will provide a catalyst for change in the health care of these mothers and babies.
Along with the new gynecologist, we have also added a new general practioner. A doctor reputation's is one of the strongest attractions for an Indian hospital and with these two new doctors, we hope to establish increased levels of trust for our facility in the community.
Next month, I will be travelling to India along with an Indian health care consultant with experience is a mission hospital setting in Calcutta. We will be meeting with our leaders and doctors with the goal of identifying our strengths and weaknesses. We hope to find ways to continually improve our service to the community. We will also be developing a broader program of travel that will allow you to go to India and see for yourself the work that is being done with your donations.
Lastly, in conjunction with Native Missionary Movement, we have begun talks to establish ties with Compassion Canada to support some remote communities in the area with better health care, education, and infrastructure. Having Compassion on board will allow us to expand our work in the area and touch even more lives.
I want to thank everyone of you that support the work of this hospital. It would not happen without your support.
Grace Hospital - Navapur, India
Native Missionary Movement