CMC Covid Impact Report

CMC’s Director Dr JV Peter has written to thank all those who donated to CMC during the Covid crisis. He writes:

Thank you for your generous gifts to CMC during the unprecedented crisis. Your contribution came when we were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic and struggling to meet the demands placed on us.

The first wave of the pandemic was challenging but was nothing compared to the second wave in April and May 2021 which overwhelmed us and the health system. Ambulances poured in with very sick patients. We had to quickly ramp up services. At the peak, we were able to set aside 1150 beds for Covid, including 200 ICU beds. Oxygen supplies were ramped up. We managed over 4,000 patients in a monitored home isolation program and ran ‘Udahvi’, a 24/7 Covid-19 helpline. Through the pandemic we tested more than 102,500 samples and admitted over 16,600 patients. Companies and individuals reached out to provide PPE and equipment. Donors contributed generously to support poor patients. This enabled us to subsidise around £5 million of patient care costs for Covid alone, reducing the tremendous financial burden on our patients. We could do so much because of generous friends like YOU. We are immensely grateful for the donations from Friends of Vellore UK towards life-saving medical equipment, patient care and vaccination.

Now the situation here has improved and we are focusing on vaccination. We have enhanced our ‘Vaccinate Vellore’ campaign. We are taking stock of the lessons we have learnt and what we can take forward into the future. At this juncture we take a moment to say thank you.

We are privileged to share our ‘Impact Report’ with you – a testament to the many hands that worked together to turn a crisis into an opportunity for partnership and cooperation. We thank God for his protection and provision and we look forward to your continued support and prayers.

Click on the image below to read CMC’s impact report:

Congratulations to Abraham George!

Congratulations to Abraham George who completed the London Marathon on Sunday! He was running to raise funds for the ten community health workers Friends of Vellore UK are funding in the tribal area of the Jawadhi Hills. It’s not too late to sponsor him. You can do this on his fundraising page here or for direct bank transfers and cheques, see details here – please indicate Jawadhi Hills as the area of support.

Watch our Annual Supporters’ Meeting

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Annual Supporters’ Meeting on 11 September 2021. We were privileged to have Dr JV Peter, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore’s Director, and Dr Anu Rose from CMC’s Community Health and Development Department join us. Dr JV Peter gave a presentation on the current situation at CMC and how they have coped with the second wave of Covid. Dr Anu Rose spoke about CMC’s work in the Jawadhi Hills and the maternal health facility they hope to build to enable safe deliveries and address the high maternal and child death rates. The recording is now available on our YouTube channel here.

Raju, a patient CMC treated for Covid

Annual Supporters’ Meeting

The Friends of Vellore UK Annual Supporters Meeting is taking place this Saturday 11th September 2021 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon on Zoom.

We are delighted that Dr JV Peter, Director of CMC, and Dr Anu Rose from CMC’s Community Health and Development Department (CHAD) will be joining us. Dr JV Peter will give a presentation on the current situation at CMC. Following this, Dr Anu Rose will speak about CMC’s work in the Jawadhi Hills, the projects we are supporting there and the new emergency obstetric and neonatal care facility they are hoping to build. There will also be an overview of all of Friends of Vellore UK’s current projects.

If you would like to attend, please register for the webinar here.
(Only one person per household will need to register if you will be sharing a screen.)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We hope you can join us.

Responding to the Covid Crisis in India

On 24th April 2021 Friends of Vellore UK launched an appeal to raise funds to help CMC Vellore and associated smaller Indian mission hospitals care for Covid patients. We are so grateful to all those who donated. Wonderfully, we have now raised £216,000. We have allocated grants totalling £220,000 and are hoping the final £4,000 will come in over the next few weeks.

£60,000 has been transferred to CMC Vellore for oxygen concentrators, BiPAP machines, ventilators and to cover the cost of patient care. We have transferred £20,000 to Kotagiri Medical Fellowship Hospital to enable them to expand and upgrade their 2-bed ICU, £20,000 each to Baptist Christian Hospital Tezpur and Miraj Medical Centre to enable them to purchase oxygen generators 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 are also sending £40,000 to Christian Fellowship Hospital Oddanchatram for them to expand their ICU facilities.

These hospitals are very grateful for the support that we and others have been able to show them in this challenging time. You can read more about how CMC has been responding to the pandemic here. Asha Kiran Hospital sent us a report which you can read here. We will include more updates in our Autumn newsletter.

The second wave of COVID is now abating in India. CMC have gradually started opening up the hospital to non-COVID work and patients have started to trickle back in. Though the pace of COVID work is gradually reducing, CMC are preparing for a possible third wave that has been predicted by many. 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.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

We have just published our Spring 2021 newsletter.  View it here:

154 2021 Spring Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Online Celebration of Aunt Ida’s 150th Birth Anniversary

On the 5th of December, 2020, CMC held a 24-hour global online event to honour the legacy of Dr Ida Scudder, born 150 years ago. If you missed this, a recording of the main program can be viewed here.

CMC have made available the pre-recorded elements of the other parts of the celebration available, hour by hour. They currently don’t include the anchor contributions (i.e. Thomas Pulimood’s introductions for FOV UK’s hour). These may be added in future. The playlists are available here. FOV UK is playlist 13.