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India - Ashwood Memorial Hospital


Ashwood Hospital was established by Australian Churches of Christ missionaries in 1927 and was handed over to local leadership in 1971. It is a 40 bed hospital in rural India providing quality and compassionate care to thousands of patients each year, many with very limited incomes. Superintendent Dr Philemon Pawar, along with more than 30 staff, also serves those living in the villages within a radius of 50kms around Daund, Maharashtra.

As well as providing outpatient services and full clinical care for inpatients, the hospital reaches into the wider community with mobile services. Ashwood offers the only mobile diabetes detection program in the local region. Their emphasis is on prevention, early detection and control. Free blood sugar tests are offered through the screening program.

HIV/AIDS Support Group

The HIV/AIDS program at Ashwood developed from the urgent needs of many patients arriving at the hospital with HIV/AIDs related conditions. An integrated Counselling and Testing Centre provides free kits for HIV testing. A strong support group with a drop-in community centre has also been established. A key focus is on education and vocational training. Home visits are made for support, and bereavement counselling is offered for families losing members to AIDS.

GMP is currently partnering with help for updated equipment and with organisational support. The equipment includes an ambulance, a generator and new operating theatre equipment.

Organisational Strengthening

Ashwood is developing its systems and strategies to be able to manage recurrent capital expenses while maintaining good patient service. Ashwood is benefitting from the advice of a local consultant to become more self-sufficient. GMP is helping to supply a baseline of equipment which Ashwood will then be able to maintain through local fundraising.


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