The people of India served by CMC and their allied mission hospitals are hugely grateful for your partnership during the Covid pandemic.
We are raising funds to help CMC Vellore and associated smaller Indian mission hospitals care for Covid patients. Thank you so much to all those who have given already. Wonderfully, we have now raised almost £250,000. We have allocated grants totalling £240,000 to CMC and eight smaller mission hospitals, and are considering areas of need before deciding where to allocate the remaining funds.
£60,000 has been transferred to CMC Vellore for oxygen concentrators, BiPAP machines, ventilators and patient care costs. We have transferred £20,000 to Kotagiri Medical Fellowship Hospital to enable them to expand and upgrade their 2-bed ICU, and £20,000 each to Asha Kiran Hospital Lamtaput, Reynolds Memorial Hospital Washim and Madhepura Christian Hospital Bihar for equipment to treat Covid patients. We have given £20,000 each to Baptist Christian Hospital Tezpur, Miraj Medical Centre and Karigiri Hospital (Schieffelin Institute of Health Research and Leprosy Centre) to enable them to purchase oxygen generators. We are also sending £40,000 to Christian Fellowship Hospital Oddanchatram for them to expand their ICU facilities.
In addition to the funds raised through our appeal, we also channelled funds from some other UK fundraisers to CMC and other mission hospitals. In total, £320,913 was given in 2021 to help cover the costs of Covid at CMC and other Christian hospitals in India.
These hospitals are hugely grateful for the support that we and others have been able to show them in this challenging time. Read CMC’s report of how your donations have made a difference by clicking on the image below.
Asha Kiran Hospital sent us a report which you can read here. You can read more updates in our Autumn newsletter.
Thankfully the second wave has now passed in India. CMC gradually opened up the hospital to non-Covid work and the numbers of patients have now returned to pre-pandemic levels. However, Covid has not only taken many lives, it has also broken the financial status of many people. CMC are distributing food to those most in need and preparing for a possible third wave. Please keep them, and all the mission hospitals mentioned above, in your prayers.
If you would like to donate towards Covid costs, please do so here.