Thanks to funding from the Poristes Stiftung, Switzerland, the training activities are forging ahead. We are also able to support many students to study in other institutions for courses that will help them to come back and improve the facilities here. Five students are studying for courses such as Hospital administration, special education, B. Pharm, Physiotherapy. Sijitha, a young Paniya girl, joined John Enoch college of Pharmacy, Trivandrum, for D. Pharma.
We are grateful to the Poristes Stiftung for this continuous support.
We started a Diploma in Dental Auxiliary training under BSS, and Priya, a young Paniya girl, has enrolled for the program.
We have been a host organization to students from TISS, MSc nurses from St. Johns, and social work students from numerous universities doing their internship with us on a regular basis.
15 medical elective students and 3 pre-med students participated in our Medical elective program. 20 nursing students from Australia did an internship; interacting with our nursing students and staff creating festivity in the campus. Our young students have benefited - increasing their awareness and exposure to the world outside.
We are fortunate each year to have people joining us to sustain the work.
Dr.Sheila,a pediatrician, and Dr.Evelyn, a dentist, joined the medical team.
Sunu joined the sickle cell team as a counselor.
Renuka,previously an intern at the Lab, took interest in joining the Billing team, and has now added to the team strength.
Anand completed his Diploma in Computers and joined the Information Management System of GAH.
Chitravalli joined the Admin & HR team to help with documentation.
Shabeer, an MPH graduate, joined us to coordinate & help with our research work.
Our last batch of BSS students- Selvi, Rasathi, Lakshimi, Bindu, Babitha, Suresh and Parvathi finished their internship and joined us as staff this year.
It was an event to celebrate when staff of AT&T in Bengaluru came to do a work camp at the hospital. Teaming up with the ASHWINI staff, their work ranged from painting the Balwady to clearing up old files. Our thanks to the team.
Research and Awards received
With research taking precedence last year, there are now four research projects running in parallel.
We got Certification by DSIR (Department of Scientific & Industrial Research) as a SIRO (Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation).
A research paper from ASHWINI, by Dr.Susmita,won the first place at CMC Vellore research day.
A poster by Bhavna, Dr. Susmita and Dr. Mahantu was presented by Bhavana at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference at Edinburgh,Scotland
Two dormitories and staff quarters for four families are up and in their final stages at the new land site. These are intended for students doing internship or for courses other than ANM. The support is received from The Poristes Stiftung.
PLENTI is a new project where highly skilled senior volunteers share their knowledge with the organizations at Gudalur. Last year 10 of them actively took part in teaching, helping with accounts, psychotherapy and improving administration. We extend a special thanks to all of our guests for making a difference. We look forward for more visits in the coming year.
The Tata Trusts have continued to fund the Community health programs. The interest from the TATA Corpus fund supports some of the hospital expenses.
The Poristes Stiftung has helped fund the Training program including infrastructure.
Some arrears from the Government have been finally released. However, there is still a large amount pending from the the National Health Mission towards reimbursement of inpatient care as well as the sickle cell program expenditure
The Nilgiri Adivasi Trust supports some aspects of the chronic disease program.
Friends of Hope supports the HIV program.
Anaha Trust extended support for the Health Volunteer training and Exposure visit.
AID, Columbus, Ohio, supported some of the maternal care activities.
GIVE India has been a regular donor.
The Toshniwal Trust and Dr.Prithvi Raval has continued support for the Dental program.
Many friends continue to support generously; especially pitching in when the going is tough!
We set up a Safety Net to cover some of the costs of delivering health care. We are grateful to many of our friends who have been making monthly contributions to this account.
The staff of ASHWINI also felt that they should pitch in to help the needier people in the community. Almost all the staff make a monthly contribution to this account. This is a heartwarming trend.
Our sincere gratitude to all the organizations and to each and every individual who has been a part of this journey.