A fund in memory of Bryan and Helen Thompson was set up in 2008. The Thompsons were much loved doctors who worked tirelessly amongst the poor and disadvantaged especially in Bihar. Their memorial fund, which continues to receive gifts, is used to support work in smaller mission hospitals.
We are currently in our third and final year of funding the post of Mission Network Consultant at CMC. Dr Sam David who undertakes this role has been building links with mission hospitals who might benefit from a partnership with CMC. He is also raising the profile of mission hospitals within CMC, encouraging more to serve in this way. His pastoral gifts are greatly used in supporting CMC undergraduates and postgraduates working in over 20 mission hospitals on short or long term placements.
A significant number of mission hospitals have asked to establish some form of operational partnership with CMC so that the high level of trust and credibility of CMC can be transferred to these hospitals. This will ease the very high workload of CMC and help sick people to be confident of the care they could receive more locally. This sounds exciting but in reality there are enormous legal, funding, governance and operational challenges to be worked through.
Dr Sam is currently working closely with five of these hospitals to look at developing formal partnerships with them. The first mission Memorandum of Understanding between CMC and CSI Erode Hospital was signed by CMC and Bishop Timothy Ravinder at the January 2016 Council meeting. This marks the beginning of a new direction in mission renewal initiatives for CMC.
Today, fewer healthcare professionals are keen to work in mission hospitals. Those that do offer to go have either a strong calling from God, a passion for social justice or a reason to keep the flame burning in their local area. However, Dr Sam is working hard to raise the profile of this most important work at CMC and encouraging staff to consider getting involved either by going or praying for the work.
We need to raise £8000 for 2016. If you would like to support this project, please click here.