This is the project that started it all for DFB! When one of our founders, surgeon Nick Bernthal, traveled to the town of Juanga, in Orissa, India, he discovered that the small (but mighty!) hospital there needed funds to build a dorm to house visiting medical staff. This hospital was serving approximately 100,000 patients on an annual budget of $40,000 USD.
The DFB community came together and raised nearly $30,000 for the construction of a new wing for the hospital, which has been overseen by the non-profit organization, Citta. The money we raised gives the hospital much more capacity, a place for the nurses to sleep, and allows visiting doctors from larger towns to live and work at the hospital with their families.
The construction of the hospital took two years, with challenges ranging from monsoons to shortages of local labor - but, the end result will make a difference in Orissa for decades to come. In the words of Michael Daube, Citta's Executive Director,
"We are getting the results that we truly needed to keep the hospital growing and functioning. Now that the quarters are nearly complete we have been able to secure a wonderful new retired female doctor to stay at the hospital full time. We are also negotiating at the moment for a full time surgeon to stay as well! Without this project we would have never been able to entice talented professionals to come and stay in such a region. Also, since we finally have some great staff to stay at the hospital, next month we are having the Pangea associates from Columbia University's business school sending several of their best students to access and create a better system for running the hospital and creating a larger patient load. This is all possible due to your support!" (July 2011)
Click here for even more on the hospital in Orissa, Juanga, India, including pictures of the nearly finished building - all that's missing is electricity, a paint job, and some furniture and equipment!