Charities – Medical Assistance
- Line for free medical clinic
Free Medical Camps
By providing free medical screening, diagnosis and treatment, SSGT has addressed and treated many diseases. Direct intervention and preventative education have improved the overall standard of health in and around the surrounding villages in Andhra Pradesh. During these clinics, western doctors from Germany, Austria, and the US have collaborated with local government doctors, donating their time and service to support the SSGT mission.
Navya Sri Eye Clinic
- Sri Kaleshwar speaking with surgery patients and their families
As early as 2001, SSGT has been conducting free medical eye camps to the poor villagers in India. In November of that year, it had operated on over 1,000 patients inflicted with many ocular disorders. All patients were provided food, accommodations, transportation and glasses free of cost.
In 2007, with the support of SSGT, the Navya Sri Eye Clinic was created. Named after the daughter of the SSGT founding chairman, Sri Kaleshwar, the first ever eye clinic in this area was established. Its goal is to provide state of the art surgery for the elimination and prevention of various eye diseases such as cataracts.
Thousands of surgeries have been performed, and the clinic provides much needed ocular health care. Essential medical equipment, ambulance vehicles, operating facilities and support staff, have been provided to meet this overwhelming need of people who would otherwise not be able to afford proper care. Since its creation, the clinic has doubled its physical location size, and its surgeries have expanded significantly within its first 18 months.
Since its creation, Sri Kaleshwar has personally donated vehicles, ambulances and mini buses for transportation of patients, doctors and emergency purposes. As the hospital grows and the needs increase, addtional vehicles are planned to support the eye clinic’s growth.
Children with HIV
Recently SSGT and its chairman Sri Kaleshwar have provided much needed support to several organizations within its district, such as the Krushi Village development to help children inflicted with the HIV virus. Providing much needed nutritional suppliments and medical assistance, SSGT continues to support this growing problem in India. Although a permanent cure for this disease has yet to be discovered, assistance continues to support those with the virus and research into its eventual cure.
When addressing these children, Sri Kaleshwar had this to say: “Each and every person should come forward to help the people who are suffering with the dangerous disease HIV and make them feel happy, giving self confidence for them and also make those people to turn towards God and also take minimum responsibility for the welfare of HIV effected people and in eradicating this dangerous disease”.
Shirdi Sai Medical Hospital Complex
- Potential Layout of Shirdi Sai Medical
In cooperation with the government of Andhra Pradesh, land has been donated within Penukonda Village to SSGT for the creation of an International Medical Hospital Complex. Within the district, this hospital will have one of the highest standards of specialization within Andhra Pradesh, and India. Phase I has already begun, with addtional complexes included for the educational training of medical personel, nurses, interns and doctors.
Total cost for this project is $20 million, and has already received international support from charitable organizations, prominent medical doctors and social leaders from US, European Union, and Asian countries.
Medical Assistance Articles
- Sri Kaleshwar Examines Medicine
- Dr. Clint Thompson, American doctor
- Free Meals Were Provided
On August 6, 2006 the Shirdi Sai Global Trust conducted a free medical camp for the needy, which was funded by the western students of Sri Kaleshwar. Free medical check-ups, medicine and food were provided for approximately 3000 people. This clinic was the first step towards the creation of what will be a permanent medical clinic providing for the poor. The following was a report from the Andhra Jyothi Newspaper.
Sri Kaleshwar, founder of Shiva Sai Mandir ashram, inaugurated a free medical camp on Sunday, August 6, 2006, at the Rama Bhadralayam Temple. The ashram’s trust, Shirdi Sai Global Trust, conducted the camp where medical checkups, medicine, and meals were provided for approximately 3000 people.
Sri Kaleshwar gave this message to the gathering, “Service to humans is service to God.” He said that the program was conducted with the blessings of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. He also said, “Without proper health, there is no use of wealth. Every human must develop kindness and distribute to the poor and the people in need from their earnings. Presently, in our state, many people are suffering with chikungunya, which is why we are giving free treatment and medicine to the poor.”
Mr. Paul Aryeh, trustee of Shirdi Sai Global Trust, said the free clinic was created under the guidance of Sri Kaleshwar. A team of both Indian and international doctors participated. Dr. Gurumurthy, Dr. Neelema Reddy, Dr. Vanaja, Dr. Chandra Moulliswar Reddy (from Hyderabad), Dr. Clint Thompson (USA), Dr. Thomas Bissinger (Germany). Shirdi Sai Global Trust chairman S. Nagi Reddy, Ravi, and 15 students from Sri Kaleshwar’s ashram also participated.