Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre (MMHRC) is a superspeciality healthcare destination formed as a social initiative of the S.R. Trust established by Dr. N. Sethuraman in the year 1985. The mission of the hospital is to make world class healthcare within everyone’s reach. By virtue of its guiding principles, all its activities are committed to serving the poorest of the poor.
Located in the temple town of Madurai, this charitable institution is dedicated to addressing the medical needs of poor and marginalized people from all corners of India and several Southeast Asian countries. MMHRC is able to cater to such a large population base thanks to support received from hundreds of thousands of individual donors, in addition to socially-responsible corporations, foundations, trusts and several leading national and international grant making institutions. Therefore, since inception, the hospital has evolved into the major destination for those who are unable to afford the high cost of treatment for life threatening conditions.
Meenakshi provides services in general medicine, ophthalmology, gynecology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgery and gastro internal surgery. In addition, there is a pain clinic, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, ICU, NICU, diabetology, dermatology, ENT, dental care and public health. Further, MMHRC also offers many outreach services through a variety of channels including daily medical camps, telemedicine centers, screening programmes and support to partner organizations.
The Southeast Asia tsunami destroyed homes, wiped out villages and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people on the morning of December 26, 2004. In India, AmeriCares immediately dispatched emergency relief personnel to support the Ministry of Health and the State of Tamil Nadu in conducting a comprehensive health assessment. In the days and weeks following, AmeriCares quickly delivered seven emergency airlifts of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, including 36 tons of medicines, supplies, nutritional supplements, water purification treatments and other aid valued at over $8 million to Chennai. These relief supplies were distributed to more than 30 hospitals and clinics throughout 11 of the worst affected districts in Tamil Nadu, including Nagapattinam and Cuddalore. But our work didn’t end there.
An unprecedented outpouring of support allowed AmeriCares to undertake our largest relief effort to date, investing $46 million over the past five years to rebuild schools, hospitals, water systems and livelihoods for survivors across the region. AmeriCares selected projects based on the carefully assessed needs of the affected communities, the impact on each community, and the cost-effectiveness of each investment.
One of AmeriCares largest tsunami relief projects to date is the new, $3.5 million wing at the District Base Hospital at Elpitiya in Sri Lanka, which was inundated with patients after the tsunami because so many other hospitals were destroyed or overburdened. AmeriCares recently completed construction on the four-story addition that houses patient wards, two operating rooms, a blood bank, updated laboratory and maternity ward with nine private delivery rooms – a first in the region.
The hospital addition increased the medical services offered and added 150 beds – doubling the number of patients served. AmeriCares also fully equipped the new wing with the necessary medical equipment and furniture.
“The improvements made by AmeriCares will allow the hospital to provide a higher level care for expectant mothers and other patients for years to come,” said Rachel Granger who oversees AmeriCares Tsunami Relief Program. “Patients who previously had to travel long distances for specialized care can now get the services they need right in Elpitiya.”
Thanks to the improvements made by AmeriCares, the Ministry of Health plans to make the Elpitiya hospital a teaching facility in the future.
AmeriCares other tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India include:
Years Later, Tsunami Recovery Continues with a $100,000 AmeriCares Grant
Years after the devastating tsunami, AmeriCares continued its support of recovery efforts by partnering with Project Concern International India (PCI) to fund a program aimed at improving the health and disaster preparedness status of 22 of the most affected tsunami villages in the districts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal, Tamil Nadu. During the fifteen months of its implementation, the AmeriCares grant to PCI made remarkable progress in improving the health status of the Tsunami affected communities, empowering people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), and building the capacity of communities & Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in disaster preparedness and management.
The following list highlights of the program’s success: