To honour Shri Babaji’s wish, the international family of His devotees joined together to build a hospital on the land already specified by Babaji – adjoining the ashram at Chilianaula. The main objective of the Shree Baba Haidakhan Charitable and Research Hospital (as it was to be called) was to provide adequate medical facilities for the people of the Kumaon region through an integrated program of health education, immunization, early diagnosis and hospital treatment. The purpose was to bring advanced medical science to these people to improve both their quality and length of life.
A large segment of the population in the Kumaon region lives in low socio-economic conditions, with an extremely poor level of health awareness. This segment is under-nourished with poor living conditions, resulting in protein calorie malnutrition, anaemia and many other connected diseases. The poor economic conditions lead to an obvious migration of the adult male population to the cities, in search of a living. A typical resident family would consist of women, children and the elderly. When medical help is required, these people are less likely to have either the family support or the means to seek assistance. The local transport system, even though on the upswing, is still far from ideal, thereby resulting in precious time being lost when medical facilities are sought. A delay in diagnosis naturally results in high rates of morbidity and mortality, even for simple diseases. According to a national health information report, the Kumaon people have a higher than average ratio of diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, malnutrition, thyroid problems, tuberculosis, gall bladder stones, giardiasis, burns and lung malignancies, orthopedic injuries, dental caries, and cataract.
One of the major problems in the remote villages is the lack of basic health facilities In various village and SHG meetings, the need of health camps at a centralised location of a project cluster emerged out. The project tried its best to solve this problem with the existing health departments. programs but due to the unavailability of doctors and medicines, much success was not met. Meanwhile, contacts were made with Baba Haidakhan Charitable Hospital Trust at Chiliyanaula, Ranikhet (Almora) and a ray of hope emerged to serve the poor and backward project community. As the trust was working in selected pockets of Almora district, it was a challenging task to convince the Management Board of Trust to work outside the district in remote pockets with lack of basic infrastructure like roads, but with the motivation and commitment of young and enthousiastic doctors our dream came true and the district project team with the help of NGOs and community successfully organized 10 health camps in remote project clusters in 2006 – 2007 – 2008.
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A charitable unit like the above is high on costs and low on returns. The very philosophy is one of “no return.” But to continue an operation at any level on an entirely charitable base tolls heavily on the core fund. Since the hospital is entirely financed by donations, it needs an unending upkeep through the help of persons with a charitable bent of mind. Assistance is constantly needed from like-minded people throughout the world to keep this small but extremely worthwhile project afloat.
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