Charitable hospital in Rajasthan
The Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital in Jadan/Rajasthan is a charitable hospital which has been initiated by the Austrian foundation "Austria Hospital in India" that is also financing it for the most part.
It is located around 80 km outside of the city of Jodhpur from where it is reachable by public bus.
The foundation stone was laid in 2003 and during the whole time of construction, free medical camps have already been carried out including screenings, treatments and supplies of medicine for rural people in need. Permanent medical and nursing services have only started at the hospital, which at present is still under construction, in 2010.
The medical support and infrastructure in rural Rajasthan is not satisfactory. One physician is in charge of 7582 persons (in overall India the ratio is 1:1722; in Europe it is 1:3000 to 1:5000) and there is one hospital bed for every 1288 people (in Europe 1:100-250). In rural Rajasthan, 1 of 50 women dies during giving birth, the child mortality rate before reaching the age of 5 is 7.4% (in Europe 0.4-0.7%). Because of a lack of immediate and professional medical support, hundreds of people in rural Rajasthan have to die every year.
70% of the region's women are illiterate, there is no public health insurance and an average farmer's family only has a monthly disposable income of around 20-55 € (25-70 USD). The lack of money and education results in the fact that no prevention is being done and therefore many diseases are being detected too late; further, chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are not being treated. In combination with a lack of knowledge about hygiene and healthy nutrition, this results in a reduced life expectancy.
It is the vision of Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital to provide basic medical support on location at a remote rural location, but also to offer certain more specialized medical services which are needed. Further, the public should be sensitized and educated about health topics such as hygiene, nutrition and prevention.
Since the hospital's permanent services have started in 2010, Sri Swami can count on 3 general practitioners providing a basic medical care. They are working in shifts, providing 24 hours of service. The hospital has ECG, laboratory and X-ray facilities. Typical diseases of the area such as malaria, typhoid, hepatitis and other serious common diseases can now be diagnosed and treated. An ambulance car is available, which is also still being used for the provision of outreach medical camps at the surrounding villages.
There are local Indian volunteer specialists, such as an orthopedic, providing his services for free once a week to those in need.
Since 2010, the hospital also runs an eye department, since September of 2011 a dental department with a dentist and assistant, a department of physiotherapy and an Ayurveda centre. The hospital has employed some nurses and technical staff.
Physiotherapy is being offered to support surgery, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, gynaecology, pediatrics, rehabilitation and burns. The physiotherapy department is working with training equipment (active) and electrotherapy (passive), including short waves, microwaves, ultrasonic, laser and interference currents.
The Ayurveda centre has been added to cover the demand of the local population for traditional, natural Indian medicine. As they are familiar with these traditional forms of healing, this facilitates the local population to get to know the hospital's European standard.
The hospital's impressive building has already been implemented for full-scale operations. The star-shaped building represents the Anahata Chakra, the energy centre of the ancient Indian Vedic culture, standing for healing, compassion and humanitarian aid. The building also hosts accommodation for doctors and hospital staff.
Once in full operation, the hospital will provide 11 rooms, each with 6 beds, and 21 single and double rooms, all with en-suit bathrooms, 3 smaller and 2 larger surgery wards, 10 treatment rooms for general practitioners, a pediatric ward, neonatology ward, maternity ward, intensive care unit with 10 beds, and infectology ward with 9 beds.
Volunteer placements at the Sri Swami Madhavananda Austria Hospital are possible in the subject areas of nursing, general medicine, physiotherapy, dental medicine, ophthalmology, and to professionals of any medical and therapeutic disciplines. Qualified volunteers can work directly with the patients, but can also train the local staff how to improve their professional skills.
Student internships are possible in hospital management/health management. They can work on the planning and implementation of structures, marketing and quality control of the hospital.
Accommodation is possible at the hospital is for male participants; female participants would stay at a nearby Ashram. For accommodation and food, a contribution of 10 € per day is expected. All profits will only be used to finance the hospital.
It is required to book our trouble-free package (250 € for up to 90 days and 500 € for more than 90 days). An introduction and cultural orientation will be given in Jodhpur before you will continue your travel to the hospital.
Video about the hospital.
Website of the hospital.
Location: Jadan, Rajasthan, India
Duration: minimum 1 month
Previous experience required: Yes
Costs: Trouble-free package, see above
Accommodation & meals: Not included, 10 € per day
Included: Contact and contact person; all services of the trouble-free package are included.
Not included: Travel, insurance, visa.