The CHILD Foundation is a CRA-registered charitable organization run by an independent and passionate volunteer Board of Directors. The Board consists of expertise in the field of medicine, health care delivery, accounting, finance, international development and project management.
The Foundation’s mission is “to reduce mortality rate among underprivileged women and children in rural India by providing basic health care services and health education in a professional, efficient and effective manner, while respecting local culture, values and regulations.”
The Maya Devi Charitable Hospital, a 20-bed facility built in the rural community of Sarurpur Kalan, is the first major project undertaken by the Foundation in collaboration with Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial, and with major support from The Rotary Foundation. The hospital is staffed with a nine medical staff which includes two gynecologists, two pediatricians, and four other medical staff including nurses. The hospital is operating on an Out Patient basis since October 2nd, 2011. In 2014, an onsite clinical laboratory was established and a 5,000 watt solar power plant was commissioned to provide reliable power to the hospital. Between October 2011 and February 2017, the hospital logged-in over 100,000 patient visits.
The Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial led an effort to provide an education program which covered diverse topics such as personal nutrition, health & hygiene, clean drinking water, and protection from mosquito-born diseases. Social issues such as importance of educating girls, appropriate age of marriage, prevention of abuse and domestic violence, family planning, etc. are also being addressed. Between May 2014 and February 2017, over two thousand women attended these regular classes.
Once this hospital / clinic is financially self-sustaining, the Foundation intends to undertake new projects. Its vision is “to provide basic health care services to one million clients by the year 2030 and reduce mortality rate by 80% by educating communities, leveraging disease prevention techniques, and innovating health care treatment / delivery approaches.”
Maya Devi Charitable Hospital
The Maya Devi Charitable Hospital (MDC Hospital) was built by CHILD Foundation in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial, Rotary Club of Calgary, and other supporters. It is a flagship project of the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial. The CHILD Foundation is also collaborating with MOTHER Foundation, a national non-governmental organization based in Delhi, India. Through contractual agreements, the MOTHER Foundation provides local oversight and other specific services in the operation of the hospital.
The MDC Hospital reflects a fundamental desire to protect and preserve the lives of women and children in the village of Sarurpur Kalan, India, and to educate women regarding basic health care.
Sarurpur Kalan is an Indian village, located 50 km north of New Delhi in the Province of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of about 27,000. Prior to the construction of MDC Hospital, medical facilities in the village were extremely poor even by local standards. The village has a small three-room public clinic for treating minor illnesses, staffed with a government-assigned male doctor who is often absent. The clinic is closed most of the time. The area surrounding Sarurpur Kalan, consisting of a dozen small villages, lacked any medical care. Therefore, villagers were forced to journey long distances, often on bullock carts, on terrible roads to bigger towns or cities for medical care. Emergency situations often ended in fatalities.
The situation for women and children in the village was particularly dire. Because of culture and tradition, women are very conservative and will only visit a female doctor. Emergencies, including child-birth, have traditionally been taken care of by untrained female relatives. The Public Clinic in Sarurpur has never had a female doctor, let alone health care facilities specializing in women’s health needs. Women had no real option for medical care.
Even though the MDC hospital has been in operation only since October 2011, the health care situation for women and children has already changed significantly. The hospital has been very effective in providing basic health care and health education to women and children. On an average, the hospital is providing health care to about 2,000 patients per month on an Out Patient basis.