Here in the US
EHA Executive Director is Visiting

We are pleased to announce that EHA executive director, Dr. Sunil Gokavi, is visiting the US for a series of meetings with friends and supporters of EHA. At these sessions, Dr. Gokavi will share his heart for the life-transforming work of EHA and will bring years of medical mission experience from the front lines to his presentations.

All are welcome. These evenings are intended to update and inform partners and new friends of the organization. An opportunity to support EHA's work will be presented, but we welcome any who would like to learn more.

Peoria, IL - Wednesday, 10/26 - 7 PM
Home of Jeff Leman
129 Woodcrest Ave.
Morton, IL 61550
Located southeast of Peoria near the intersection of I-74 and I-155.
Please RSVP by emailing   

Chicago, IL - Thursday, 10/27 - 7 PM
Home of Bob and Connie Hansen 
10 Stonegate Drive West
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Located off of Elmhurst Rd (Hwy 83) between Dundee Road and Palatine Road.
Please RSVP by emailing   

Chicago, IL - Sunday, 10/30 - 12 Noon
The Orchard Barrington Campus
1301 S. Grove Ave.
Barrington, IL  60010
Located near the intersection of Dundee Road and Barrington Road, north of I-90. 
Please RSVP by emailing

Special meeting for Chicago-area Indian believers:
Chicago, IL (Arlington Heights) – Friday, 10/28 – 6:30-9:30 PM
The Orchard Arlington Heights Campus (Douglas Room)
1330 N Douglas Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Located just off Arlington Heights Road between Palatine Road and Euclid Avenue.

For questions or additional information on any of these meetings, call EHA USA at 888-893-2654.

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Brand New 2015-2016 EHA Annual Report
This 47-page volume loaded with facts, figures, and photos will give you an excellent overview of the work. You can request your copy by contacting us or feel free to download the PDF from the website. Just right-click on the link.

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Experiencing India First-Handy
Off to the Village

EHA USA Executive Director Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel to India and visit several EHA locations last summer. This month he continues his series of articles, sharing his first-hand impressions of EHA's work and life in India.

I huffed and puffed my way up the mountain path toward one of the villages that EHA’s Community Health and Development team from Landour Christian Hospital was working with near the far north Indian city of Mussoorie. This is rugged, beautiful country on the edge of the Himalayas that in many ways must be experienced to be believed. The real giants of this famous mountain region, K2, Everest and the like, are still further north. Here in North India one stands on the southern edge of the region, but the terrain is still impressive. 
Our driver on this sunny afternoon was Godwin, a young man in his late 20s, absolutely passionate about showing godly concern for the villagers in this remote region. The countryside is dotted with villages up, down, and across the valley. The scene might be reminiscent of a rural Appalachian landscape painting except the slopes are almost indescribably steep. To think that people actually lived, went to school, married, and worked in such a place was almost stunning to me. The families in these villages have been here for centuries, and for all that time they have crafted and cultivated a livelihood from farming on these impossibly steep slopes. 
Year by year, decade after decade, these hardy people have terraced the mountainsides in an effort to provide flat ground on which crops can be grown. Gazing around at the valley gives the impression of looking out on a vast tiered stadium of green. From a distance, one imagines the possibility of walking up and down these terraces like stairs. Up close, the “steps” are six to ten feet high and from 30 to 50 feet wide. On these meandering flat terraces the villagers grow beans, corns, and other crops which are sent to market in the south. 
When the weather is fine, all goes well. Unfortunately, during rainy season problems can arise. These slopes are so steep that as the rains race down the mountainside and begin to form rushing chutes of water, they begin to undermine the stability of the soil. This in turn results in landslides which vary from moderate to severe depending upon their size. The slides are life-threatening and always destroy years of hard labor. The terraces are ruined and, of course, the crops are washed away. Just one such slide can devastate an entire village and tip most of the residents, already poor, into poverty. 
EHA’s Community Development teams work with such villagers to improve the strategies and approaches used in working the land. The goal is to reduce the damage from the inevitable landslides and turn natural processes to advantage. The weather in this region swings from rainy to extremely dry through the year. Streams and rivers roaring with water for several months might be nothing more than dry, rock-strewn riverbeds  a few weeks later, with nothing more than the tiniest rivulets of water flowing. Through the building of check dams with the assistance of EHA’s staff, villagers have learned to capture the rushing waters during the rainy season so that it is available for irrigation during the dry season. This simple strategy (though challenging because building a retention pond in this terrain is not easy) helps multiply crops and reduces the destructive flow of water. 
Through consistent efforts of kindness towards entire communities, EHA staff build bridges which lead to opportunities for expanded development assistance. All of this help is geared to communicate a sense of God’s love to these villagers and help them understand how to better manage daily life. For those interested, opportunities exist to volunteer with the Community Health and Development teams, whether as a student or during a sabbatical from work. Such experiences provide fresh insights into the needs of the poor and how they can be helped. Contact us today to learn more about how you can work side-by-side on an EHA project. 

Experiencing India First-Hand
Giving Care and Compassion

EHA USA Executive Director Robb Hansen had the opportunity to travel to India and visit several EHA locations in July. In the coming months, in a series of articles, he will share his first-hand impressions of EHA's work.
As my eyes drift across the green fields of crops that line the country road, I almost feel I could be in rural Iowa. Instead, I am in Maharashtra, a state in west central India, about two hours from the Arabian Sea.
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Getting to Know EHA

Check out EHA's new presentation! Click here to learn all about EHA's facilities, services, programs, patients, and results.

You will also have a better understanding of life in India and the challenges EHA faces after viewing this presentation

Sign Up for Our Prayer Enewsletter

When we speak with those serving with EHA in India and ask them what we can best do to further their work, their answer is invariably -- pray for us. In light of this, we have developed a new monthly prayer enewsletter with up-to-date prayer requests from all over EHA. If you would like to receive these prayer requests, click the link to sign up.

Emmanuel Hospital Association

One of the critical issues in the world today is meeting the growing need for quality medical care among the poor. The Emmanuel Hospital Association of India helps to address this need.

Launched out of a group of western-run mission hospitals in the late 1960s, today EHA is the largest private healthcare network in India . Through a system of 21 hospitals and more than 30 community health and development projects, located in underserved areas of rural North India, EHA helps to bring health and medical care to more than 600,000 Indians per year, the vast majority from among the poorest classes of society.

Many of those served have no access to such medical care other than through  EHA facilities. In a country where 1 in 4 families live below the poverty line, the needs are tremendous. In fact, they are beyond description.

Will you get involved?
This website serves the single purpose of promoting the needs of medical ministry in India and challenging those with a burden to get involved.

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EHA has a critical need for short-term assistance to support the work of Indian physicians. At times the case load exceeds the capacity of their surgeons.  More often, vacations must be curtailed because when the surgeon is away services must be cut back. New Family Practice Residency programs need experienced FP instructors. If you are interested in finding out about short term (two weeks to four weeks) or longer term ministry opportunities in India , please contact the EHA office.  

Opportunities exist for nurses with BSN/MSN and teaching experience to assist in EHA's nurses' training programs. These openings for service would last from one month to one year, or more. Certain challenges exist due to language barriers but trained professionals willing to serve should contact EHA. 

EHA in the United States is a grass
-roots effort with no paid staff. We are in need of volunteers who catch a passion for the ministry and are willing to represent us in local churches in their area. Materials such as brochures and Power Point presentations are available to assist your efforts. If supporting EHA in this way is attractive to you, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more.

Ongoing support needs in a wide variety of areas exist. 
Ninety cents of every dollar raised in the United States goes to help the Indian hospitals serve more patients, many of whom would never have access to medical care in other ways. For detailed information on projects and locations, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are also happy to supply copies of audited financial statements for your review.

Our goal for the work in India is simple: build awareness, prayer and financial support for EHA, enabling their staff to more effectively address the health-related needs of Indian villagers, and in that process, earn the opportunity to share the good news of eternal healing.


October 19, 2016

EHA Doctors Honored
Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel and his wife, Ann, have been chosen to receive the Paul Harrison Award for 2016 by the Christian Medical College in Vellore. This award is given to alumni of CMC "for a lifetime of selfless, steadfast, and significant service in needy areas, in mission service, or in disadvantaged and under-recognized circumstances." This award is also a reflection of the excellent work done at EHA's Makunda Christian Hospital.

August 1, 2016

EHA USA President Honored
Congratulations to EHA USA President Dr. Howard Searle, who was recently honored with the 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Leadership Award. Dr. Searle represented EHA USA at INMED's 2016 Exploring Medical Missions Conference.
Dr. Searle served in medical missions in India from 1965 to 1977. He helped establish and direct the Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA), facilitating the transition of the organization to Indian missionary leadership in 1974.
Since 1996 he has been the volunteer executive director and, since 2015, the president of EHA (USA), supporting the Emmanuel Hospital Association in India. He remains committed to the ministries of indigenous medical missionaries as they seek more effective ways to care for the underserved in rural North India. We are delighted that he has been honored in this way!

July 8-24, 2016

EHA USA Director Travels to India
Nothing so inspires and informs as face-to-face connection for our EHA USA team members with colleagues in India. That is why the USA Executive Director will travel to India this month, from July 8 to 24. On the trip he will have the opportunity to visit several hospital locations and attend the annual conference which assembles the entire leadership team from all locations across North India.

Stops on the trip will include Herbertpur Christian Hospital, Landour Community Hospital, and Chinchpada Christian Hospital.  "I look forward to interacting face to face on the ground at the hospitals, and rubbing shoulders with senior leaders," Mr. Hansen commented.  "I hope those interested will follow our Facebook account to receive regular updates on our experiences."

May 19, 2016

EHA USA President Receives Award
Congratulations to EHA USA President Dr. Howard Searle, who was honored with the 2016 INMED Cross-Cultural Leadership Award!

Dr. Searle served in medical missions in India from 1965 to 1977. He helped establish and direct the Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA), eventually transitioning the orgranization to Indian leadership.

Since 1996 he has been the volunteer executive director and then the president of EHA USA, supporting the Emmanuel Hospital Association in India. He remains committed to the ministries of indigenous medical missionaries as they seek more effective ways to care for the underserved in rural North India.

May 17-19, 2016

Dr. Howard Searle Attends INMED
EHA President Dr. Howard Searle recently represented EHA at the 2016 INMED (Institute for International Medicine) "Exploring Medical Missions Conference" (EMMC) in Kansas City. "The Evidence Behind Medical Missions" was this year's theme. Medical missions has a rich history of compassionate risk-takers who have sought to serve the most forgotten people of our world. The 2016 conference sought to continue this work by equipping compassionate individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to address the needs of the world's most vulnerable peoples. Session topics included maternal/newborn care, community development, disease mitigation, and global health education.

February 24, 2016

Caring for People With EHA/AIDS
EHA has several projects that support people with HIV/AIDS. The Shalom Delhi Project is one of the oldest and largest. Today Dr. Savita Duomai, Project Director, was interviewed on WBEZ, a public radio station in Chicago. Click below to read a summary of her interview about their work
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November 2, 2015

Wheels for the World... Showing Brotherly Love
The first Wheels for the World program in North India was held at EHA's Herbertpur Christian Hospital in October. 210 wheelchairs, 46 sets of crutches, 42 walkers, and 32 canes were distributed to people with disabilities.

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June 9, 2015

What We Are Doing to Help After the Nepal Earthquakes
EHA has a well prepared Disaster Management Team, so we immediately sent in teams to help.

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April 1, 2015

EHA India Welcomes New Executive Director
As of April 1, EHA India has a new Executive Director -- Dr. Sunil Gokavi. We are excited to see what his leadership will bring to EHA. The following is his autobiography that gives us a glimpse into Dr. Sunil's background and testimony.

My name is Sunil Gokavi, and I was born and bred in Bangalore before embarking on my medical studies at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in 1983.

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February 17, 2015

EHA Appoints New Executive Director
The Emmanuel Hospital Association USA board of directors has appointed Robb Hansen as executive director of US operations. Dr. Howard Searle has been named president of EHA USA. Mr. Hansen has served EHA as an outside consultant for several years. His assumption of a formal role will allow him to shoulder some of the leadership responsibilities which Dr. Searle has carried alone.
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