Happy Birthday Hospital for Hope!
Date Posted: Jul 16 2015

Today marks two years since the official opening of the Hospital for Hope!

As a team our journey began long before then as we worked to crowd-fund the amount necessary for the initial build. When the need for the hospital in Jharkhand was realized, the people in this community were traveling three hours to get to their nearest hospital. The travel was tough, particularly in the monsoon season where journey times could be doubled. Even after that journey, patients arrived without any guarantee they’d be seen that day as the services were often working to capacity.

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The Need for the Hospital

At the time of opening: 

– 8 out of every 10 children suffered some form of anaemia

– Over 20% of children suffered from diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections

– Many health indicators were significantly worse than national averages, including infant mortality and female anaemia throughout pregnancy

Malaria & Leprosy rates were both higher than the national average

– TB, Typhoid & Cholera were also all significant health concerns

Our aim was to provide this community of 100,000 people, across 10 rural and isolated villages, reliable healthcare much closer to home. We officially opened the Hospital for Hope in July 2013.

The Situation Today

– The hospital treats over 1000 patients per month – that’s 1000 people every month who previously would have had to decide whether to make the minimum six hour roundtrip, or not seek hospital treatment

– Those in the greatest financial need receive treatment free of charge – healthcare provision is never dependent upon finances

– Almost a third of patients are under the age of eighteen – keeping children healthy when they’re young is so important, giving them the best chance at a prosperous and healthy adulthood

– The hospital can now treat a wide range of conditions within the community including: diseases such as malaria and typhoid; chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes; and acute incidents like broken bones and dental problems.

We work closely with our local partners, the NGO Jagriti Vihara, who have been working to renew and develop rural Jharkhand since 1975. With a focus on education and prevention as well as treatment, our aim is to support the hospital as it fundamentally changes the way healthcare is provided to this community.

The Future

Our next projects include fitting solar panels to ensure that the hospital maintains power 24 hours a day, as well as a fridge so that some additional medical supplies can be stored.

We crowd-funded the initial build and our ongoing support of the hospital is thanks to the ordinary people who donate time and funds to help us. Thank you so much to each and every person who has helped us, in raising the initial funds or in the last two years – we genuinely couldn’t have done it without you.

Our commitment to the project is as strong as ever and we hope you’ll continue on our journey with us. There are several ways you can help:

– If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 22nd, you can join us for our Annual Reception

– You can Follow us on Facebook or Like us on Twitter to help us reach as many people as possible

– And of course, you can always donate – every single cent of donation is gratefully received and put to good use!

 

Thank you from all of us on the Hospital for Hope team – together, we really can make a difference!