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May 9th, 2013

Orthopedic camp in Manali

Manali, though very picturesque, is difficult to access by road. Just yesterday, a bus fell into the river, killing 37 people. There is no orthopedic surgeon as yet in Manali, though we look forward to the return of Dr. Dennis Martin, who is currently being trained as one in CMC Vellore.

One can very well imagine the extent of the need of orthopedic care, considering all the other falls and breaks that the young and old are succeptible to anyway. Dr. Kenny David is an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist who is currently conducting a camp till the 10th of May. He has already seen a huge number of patients and is operating every day. Many of these patients would have to travel to chandigarh to get the surgical attention that he is now providing them. We thank both Kenny and his wife, Judy, for their help.  A separate news item will come on what Dr. Judy is doing, so watch this space!

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April 23rd, 2013

ENT Camp – for those who cannot hear

The ENT camp finished yesterday, with two hundred patients being seen in three days, and surgeries being performed. We thank Dr. Regi Thomas, and Dr. Rajan who cheerfully waded through the large number of patients and attended to all their queries and needs. They had come to Manali with their families and we thank them for making this huge effort. Indeed, for the people of this region, their visit offers hope  of hearing and the remedy of a problem for which they might otherwise have to make an eight hour journey to Chandigarh or Ludhiana.

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April 7th, 2013

Prayer for the new CT scan room

We are now working on the new room to house the CT scanner. Here on a brilliant April day we assembled to pray for the workmen and for the lintel of the building which was poured that day. Pastor Naresh leads the staff in this. Please watch this space as we keep you updated on progress.

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April 7th, 2013

Cardiology camp

The cardiology camp was a huge success. Dr. Chuck saw at least a hundred patients a day, and Vijender performed fifty echocardiographies, all for patients who otherwise would have to travel eight hours to get this done! It is an index of the prevalence of heart related disease. “There is a huge incidence of valvular and non valvular related disease” said Dr Chuck, as he interacted with patients with his characteristic dry humour and incisive advice.

Luke and Lony ministered to the local fellowship, interacted with local youth and did a “facility tour”.

In just these four short days, they endeared themselves indelibly in our hearts and minds.

Thanks team!

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April 4th, 2013

Welcome to Mr. Kiran Kumar and family

We welcome Mr. Kiran Kumar, microbiologist to our family, together with his family. We anticipate Kiran helping us with starting microbiology here at our hospital and being involved with the treatment of tuberculosis. We have many patients of multi drug resistant tuberculosis and we hope to be able to start a culture laboratory here. This will involve considerable planning and finance but will be a boon to our patients and also other hospitals in the region, for whom we can perform the culture tests. This entire project will need to be worked out.

His wife Ms. Veena is a human resource professional and is now taking care of their two children, Diya and Varsha.

We welcome them into our midst.

April 4th, 2013

Demise of Ms. Dawa’s mother

We are sad to inform you all of the demise of Ms. Dawa’s mother. Ms. Dawa is our pharmacist of many years standing, whose mother has been unwell for a while. She passed away on the 3rd of April 2013. The last rites were performed on the 4th April. Do remember her in your prayers.

January 25th, 2013

State Bank of India donates new vehicle

For nine years now, we have been using our vehicles for camps in distant villages and remote locations, driving them over rough roads and spaces where there are no roads. These vehicles have done well, and have been well maintained by our staff. Mr. Sam Paul, our fix it guy, has done and excellent job. However, all these miles do take a toll, and of late maintainance costs have been increasing and repairs have been more frequent. We have been in need of a new vehicle, to replace the older ones in our fleet.

Out of the blue, I got a call from the State Bank of India, saying they want to donate a vehicle to us! Yesterday, they presented us with a cheque. We will be able to get a fully loaded utility vehicle which is an optional four wheel drive! We hope to have a function to commission it when we obtain it in March.

Such instances bring to life words such as “He knows our needs before we ask of Him.”


January 22nd, 2013

Farewell to Dr. Sarah


We bid a fond farewell to Dr. Sarah Funai, who has been our obstetrician for the major part of this year. She handled all the obstetric and gynaecologic load wonderfully and we have mixed feelings as she leaves. We will miss her very much, but at the same time we are excited for her as she is to be married in March and will enter a new phase of her life. We wish both of them the very best as they start their lives back in the North East of India.


January 18th, 2013

Let it snow….

It started snowing in Manali yesterday and there has been no let up since. There is two feet of snow on the ground and the sky is still bucketing snow. Roads are closed, the electricity is off, water might freeze, but wonder of wonders … we still have internet!

We discharged  quite a few of the patients and all our staff had a spirited snowball fight in the courtyard. Dr. Sarah was judged Snow warrior of the year.

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December 31st, 2012

Happy New Year

We wish all our readers and supporters a Blessed New Year.

The watershed divide of New Years eve is often spent in chasing balloons, paper, or drinks, and with frantic fun making that crescendoes in cadence with the progress of the clock with the magical midnight transition from the old to the new.

It can also be a time for introspection and review, and a thoughtful preparation for the year to come.

At Manali, we stand at the threshold of the New year with many dreams, ideas and plans for developement and change. We have optimism for these plans, yet a fear of stepping out in faith where we do not see the resources for them as yet. Yet, that is what faith is about, where we rely on Him who engineered this transition of time so hailed by the world anyway as New Years eve.

May all your plans also come under this same banner of provision, knowing that even if a ball drops in Times Square, the ball will not drop in the course of our new year in 2013.

With wishes to all.