Through Christian hospitals, clinics, and medical outreaches, NIEA demonstrates the love of God in practical ways throughout its numerous projects in 10 states. Over 15,000 patients are served annually in village medical camps, the Bethesda Medical Center, Paippad, and most recently in the Christian Medical Center, Purnia, Bihar.
Physicians - for short term or long term medical missions:
Rural hospital in Bihar is seeking Christian physicians who are willing to serve. Family physicians or those with any specialty may apply. Minimum duration of service is about 2-3 weeks, Long term deployment opportunities also exist for physicians and dentists.
For those who are new to the sub-continent of India, the depth of poverty (US$70 per capita income), the sheer numbers (103 million population), literacy (<40%) seen and experienced in Bihar are new. The World Bank in 2005 said that 451 out of 100,000 mothers would die giving birth to their offspring. Within the context of a male gender bias, 85% rural population (living in 39,000+ villages), endemic Tuberculosis, Malaria and Kala-Azar, Bihar presents a formidable health challenge.
The poverty-ill health cycle continues due to the non-availability of affordable and adequate healthcare facilities within reach of ordinary people. Poor health-seeking behaviour (HSB) due to ignorance and unavailability worsens the situation. NIEA attempts to follow the Nazareth Manifesto (Luke 4:18-20) that directs Christians to continuously work towards preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, and releasing the captives, oppressed and ignorant.
Poor health standards including the highest Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Rate in India make this region of India, still largely under-served and in need of infra-structure development over the next decades.
Diseases afflict children and families due to impure drinking water, inadequate nutrition, polluted soil, and inadequate hygiene. One part of a family visit to any of the Christian Medical Centers will be a class in basic hygiene and nutrition. Women are taught to boil drinking water and use good hygiene in food preparation. A new medical facility in Tamil Nadu is planned and will be commissioned shortly. In the North, a ten-bed Samaritan's Inn was opened for short term care of the destitute and dying.
Twenty years ago, the health care ministry in Bihar started with a small one-room outpatient clinic and medical camps. The activities then grew to include antenatal care for women and specialized clinics for small infants and children. Services focused on school checkups, health education and dietary supplements.
The Christian Medical Center, Purnia, Bihar, opened as an out-patient clinic in 2006 to serve needy individuals in the Purnia District area. Home to 2 million, Purnia, just like the other 38 districts in this state, has overwhelming needs. Existing medical care in local hospitals is too expensive for the average laborer. Here at the Christian Medical Center, individuals are received, evaluated, and given basic treatment at an affordable cost.
In January 2014, Sensing Other urgent medical needs in the community, NIEA launched the Christian Medical Centre and Hospital that was commissioned for public service in Purnia. This project started with facilities for 35 In-patients and served 80-100 outpatients patients daily. The hospital was equipped with a Pharmacy, Laboratory and Digital X-Ray facilities. Patients of various cultural and economic backgrounds come from as far as 200 km to avail of affordable services at this center.
This nine-year-old hospital has now expanded to 110 beds - with a functional ICU unit, surgical suite, and wing private patients. Current services include General Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Dental services. CMCH sits on eight acres of land, including facilities for staff residential quarters, living facilities for nurses and a cafeteria. A nursing school building was recently built to commence a 3-year, graduate-level Nursing program, with forty students per batch. The hospital also reaches out to the community through community health care programs.
During the recent phases of Covid, CMCH was designated as a Covid Hospital. Over 1200+ cases were cared for during the disastrous 2nd wave, and 110+ patients were admitted for critical care. Despite limited facilities and staffing, the local community appreciated the services offered during Covid significantly.
The telemedicine-based remote satellite clinic for rural communities is a unique health intervention by CMCH. This addresses the incredibly high maternal mortality rate (451/100,000 deliveries) and harnesses the power of technology through zoom and skype to reach the interior and remote villages. At any point, this service helped about 200 + rural women with an opportunity to consult an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist on a regular monthly basis and receive free medicines, lab tests and prenatal care.
CMCH also partners with Qure.ai for solutions in artificial intelligence. An Active Child Screening (ACS) program for 3,000 children will commence soon to screen for active tuberculosis. A Cough Sound pilot project connected with COPD-related digital X-ray findings is being studied. To provide better solutions for health care related challenges, CMCH hopes to continue harnessing the power of innovative technologies. This project has been established in response to the absence of affordable and appropriate healthcare facilities in rural Bihar, where people have poor health-seeking behavior and the multi-dimensional poverty level is astronomically high.
The mandate of NIEA is to provide a high standard of medical care in Purnia, Bihar to the needy and the deserving in a manner that befits its missionary purpose. The overriding strategic principles that will be employed will be superior patient service, quality, and cost effective medical care with a humane outlook.
Dr. Mary Varghese