Statistics tell part of the story of Bihar’s population of 104 million. Thirty-six million live in poverty – a high rate across all social groups; malnutrition is the second highest among Indian states. infant mortality is 42/1,000 live births; maternal mortality is 208/100,000 – both astronomical levels unheard of in developed nations. The literacy rate is 58%—only 24% of adults complete secondary school. Only 56 % of Schedule Castes have access to drinking water.
The situation for the women and girls of Bihar is even bleaker. Adult women are twice as likely to be illiterate than adult men. The state has the lowest rate of female labour force participation nationwide. The child sex ratio is declining – imbalanced at 935 girls for every 1,000 boys.
Empowering young lives with skills in health care will contribute positively towards the development of society in Bihar. The needed knowledge, attitude and skills in a professional environment will contribute towards female dignity, self-worth, and healthier families that can be sustainable in better economic ways and eventually lead to healthier and more dignified societies. Meaningful employment becomes an alternative to marrying young. Cultural attitudes toward education for girls change.
This project provides an incredible opportunity to address health and nursing needs in rural India along with female empowerment – restoring dignity and self-worth to hundreds of women in the future. The CMCH School of Nursing will provide training opportunities for young girls from various backgrounds and give them a springboard to serve their communities.
The CMCH School of Nursing will be an accredited program of high repute to train nursing professionals in the highest standards of excellence and care for the patient, who will serve in the spirit of Christ and participate in the Church’s mandate of health and healing. Because of the CMCH School of Nursing nutritional standards among under-one infants and under-five children, socioeconomic standards of deprived communities and practices in child delivery will all undergo positive change. This is a 3-year, graduate-level Nursing program, with forty students per batch.
The CMCH School of Nursing will address community health needs through a training program for nursing students. The vicious cycle of poverty, ill health, lack of health-seeking behaviour, and poor availability and awareness all encourage the rural population of Bihar (90% of Bihar’s 104 million stay in 45,000 villages) to remain sick as income is precariously low.
Generations Blessed; Care Extended Significantly
Students and graduates from the CMCH School of Nursing will address primary, secondary and tertiary prevention health issues, impacting society and influencing the community's economic status. As general health awareness spreads in the community, this will stem the rise of non-communicable diseases in rural communities.
CELEBRATION OF A MILESTONE
sung by nursing students
sung by nursing students