Clinic in a Container in Rural India
Organized by: Molly Krieg
ST.LUKE'S HEALTH & WELLNESS CLINIC - MARCHA·THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
February 19, 2017
"Sometimes you have to dream big, dare to fail and you might just achieve something far bigger than yourself"
My oldest sister Margaret (Topno) is a doctor or to be more specific a surgeon. Here is her story:
After more than 35 years in this noble profession, she felt the need to do even more. For the last few years, she has had a dream to move to our ancestral village of Marcha to provide mostly free basic health services to it's citizens (In the meantime, living a very modest life with none of city life's amenities). Marcha is located in a remote part of Jharkhand in northeastern India. It is extremely rural, has seen little progress over the last several decades and consists of the poorest families. People lack access to basic health care and have to travel 50+ miles to the nearest big city of Ranchi. The only mode of transportation is by bus which are not too frequent.
During her career, she served in the Indian Army, and was the Departmental Head at two medical colleges (domestically and internationally). In August this year, she steered her dream into fruition albeit in a very modest way. Her vision is to be able to invite her students to volunteer or apprentice with her and perhaps even have visiting specialists from time to time. She set up St. Luke's Health & Wellness Clinic in Marcha and sees patients every day. Payments from patients are optional and when they do come in, are very nominal.
Even before setting up this modest clinic; Margaret (or Neela, as she is known to family) had to pour her life savings into setting up the basic infrastructure that would be needed to run the clinic i.e. solar panels for electricity, a VSAT installation for internet which would connect her to family and the rest of the world. The next goal is to purchase a recycled shipping container modified to be a small clinic along with some basic equipment as follows:
1. Modified recycled shipping container for clinic - $5580.00
2. Clinic electrification with solar hybrid - $1500.00
3. Refrigerator for medicines and injections - $275.00
4. Borewell with solar pumping unit - $5500.00
5. Basic Laboratory - $1500.00
6. Generic medicine monthly supply - $1500.00
7. Dressing material monthly supply - $750.00
8. Portable ultrasound scanner - $2500.00
9. Hemolyzer Unit - $1500.00
10. X-Ray unit + supplies - $1500.00
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