Prem Jyoti Community Hospital
Prem Jyoti Community Hospital Helps Others to...
Improve Villagers Quality of Life
Often they don't even know what they're missing.
They live hand-to-mouth, just trying to get through each day, without even a clean water source. They literally live in survival mode. In the remote villages of
New village water pump
Jharkhand in northern India, these Malto tribal villagers
battle preventable infectious diseases, live with no electricity, and suffer from high infant and mother mortality rates.
Prem Jyoti Community Hospital has begun a number of Community-Based Organizations in 40 villages to address these concerns. When they came to Bedotigra, a mountaintop village, the team members began to train the villagers, helping them to understand that changes must start with them. Water was a scarcity and they were collecting it from a distant source. A year before this, a bore well near the village had been partially completed, so the team helped these villagers fight for their right of access to clean water. They filed an application with the proper authorities, which was the first time they had ever combined efforts to have this need addressed. Before long, the hand pump fittings and pipes were brought in and installed. These villagers have learned an important lesson -- they can bring changes to their village by working together and speaking up.
They are beginning to take on tasks like advocating for electricity (successful in three villages so far) and making their village schools functional. The next topic that will be addressed by the CBO teams is health issues -- especially mother and child health -- and what initiatives they could take up to prevent them.
Through Great Perseverance...
Mariyam Nirmala Becomes the First Malto Tribal GNM Nurse
She came from a poor farming family in the village of Kusumghati. Unable to afford the cost of her studies, her father turned to missionaries he knew and sent her to the Jayraj Memorial Girls Home where she completed her studies through Class (grade) 12. After finishing these exams, Mariyam came to Prem Jyoti Community Hospital as a pre-nursing student and learned basic nursing procedures. One day, God touched her heart when she was helping the nurses in the labor room. A pregnant Malto woman from Mariyam's village came to the hospital in serious condition and eventually died. This incident changed her thinking, and she decided to serve her community by becoming a nurse.
She was accepted into EHA's Duncan Hospital's School of Nursing located in Raxaul in northwest Bihar and worked hard to achieve her goal of becoming a nurse. She faced many obstacles, including learning English, but strengthened herself through prayer. Eventually, Mariyam accomplished her goal and received her General Nurse Midwife diploma. She has returned to Prem Jyoti and is serving her community by sharing the love and light of God with them. Her faith and commitment to serve others are inspiring other Malto girls to follow her example.
Prem Jyoti Hospital, located in the northeastern area of Jarkhand, serves 172 villages of the Malto people. The Maltos are a significantly underserved tribal group. In an effort to reach out, the hospital provides a wide range of services. EHA has trained community health volunteers in every village. These individuals are trained to provide basic instruction in health behavior.
The hospital also offers deliveries for needy Malto women at a rate of 100 rupees (about $3). This has encouraged more women to come to the hospital to have their babies, resulting in additional opportunities for training new mothers in well baby care and nutrition.
Persistent ministry among the Maltos has led to real results: more then 60 percent of the full time staff at the hospital are Maltos, a significant change since the project was launched in 1996. The work with the Malto people was featured in EHA’s overview DVD, available on request. Contact EHA USA to obtain a copy.
Prem Jyoti accomplishes its work through a network of community health volunteers, peripheral clinics, and a hospital. Emphasis is given on training and empowering the community to tackle health problems. The Prem Jyoti project was started as a unique partnership between three major Indian mission agencies: the FMPB, EFICOR, and EHA. The service priorities of the hospital are fighting endemic diseases like Malaria and Kala Azar through health awareness and medical care through the primary health centers, immunization, reproductive and child health, mini health centers, and training community volunteers.
About Prem Jyoti Hospital
Prem Jyoti Community Hospital is a community of God-centered individuals who reach out to the poor and marginalized, especially the Malto tribals of Jharkhand. The ministry began in December, 1996, as a unique partnership between three major Indian mission agencies: the FMPB, EFICOR, and EHA.
Today, the hospital’s goals include providing quality, accessible, and compassionate health care, as well as empowering communities to take care of their own health and development needs. They strive to develop local leadership and expertise while serving as a model to challenge others, so that these communities can develop to their fullest potential.
Focusing on the Malto’s health needs, they work through a network of community health volunteers, peripheral clinics, and the hospital itself. They emphasize training and empowering the community to tackle their own health problems. One of the areas they focus on is infectious diseases, such as malaria, TB, and kala-azar. To this end, they work with the government to spray DDT in Malto villages and distribute mosquito nets. They are also the Designated Microscopy Center for the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program. Another program allows patients suffering from kala-azar to be treated free of charge.
Conducting school health programs allows them to teach young people better health awareness and care. They also teach Vacation Bible School to hundreds of Malto children each year.
Desiring to strengthen their teams spiritually, the staff fast weekly, pray together, and study the Word. In order to witness to those who walk through their door, they pray, share with, and counsel the patients and their families. During outpatient department days, they play movies and songs with a message for the patients waiting for treatment.
Through all of these programs and services, Prem Jyoti reaches out to the community with the love of God, offering not only physical healing, but also true spiritual healing through this message of hope.