Sr. Anne is 65 years old and one of the nuns among the hospital staff. Together with Sr. Chinamma she is responsible for the complete anesthesia - day and night and has been for decades. Sr. Anne lives for her work and spends her little free time praying and walking. She has an admirable trust in God and an incomparable self-sacrifice and humility. What is unusual for India is her openness in dealing with the problems of her home country. Sr. Anne wishes for the future that she can continue to help as many people as possible and that one day everyone can receive the same medical care regardless of caste, religion or wealth. The cheerful woman is very happy, for example, that thanks to the purchase of a new electrocautery through donations from INGEAR, operations have continued to be made possible.

In 1974 the hospital was founded by a German nun. The name "Nityaseva" means "always ready to serve". The sisters of the community of missionary helpers are committed to this principle. From 1960 they traveled to India, among other things, and built several hospitals there. In 1970 the construction of the Nityaseva Hospital began in the small town of Shevgaon in the state of Maharashtra. It is run to this day by the sisters of the Indian branch of the order who live right next to the hospital. In 2008 a nursing school was established, where 20 pupils are able to train as nurses and midwives every year. Now the school is to be expanded in order to be able to offer state-recognized training.

The hospital is in a remote rural area. For most of the people living there, a trip to the nearest cities and the costs of treatment are hardly affordable. The next largest cities, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad, are each around 70 km away - an often insurmountable distance. The buses take 2-3 hours to get there and cost around 50 rupees, which is the wage of a sugar cane worker for three days of work. In addition, in India only the small, rich part of the population is denied coverage in the event of illness. Health insurance or treatment in a private hospital is therefore unaffordable for the villagers. In the Nityaseva Hospital, depending on the possibilities, they pay a very small proportion of the treatment (30 rupees per night). Even if you can't pay anything, you will be taken care of here. Although 15 nuns work for 180 rupees pocket money per month in addition to the permanent nurses, the income is not enough to cover costs. That is why the hospital is heavily dependent on donations from abroad.

The hospital has 100 beds and a village health service that regularly visits the population of the surrounding villages. The hospital has wards for obstetrics, neonatal medicine, internal medicine, surgery and general medicine, as well as an intensive care unit with four beds and a separate house for people suffering from tuberculosis. Patients often sleep on the floor in the corridors. Most of the patients are farmers or migrant workers who stay in the region mainly to harvest sugar cane. Patients are often bitten by snakes while working in the fields, for which special antisera are available at the clinic. Every month, around 300 children are born here, although the hospital deliberately decides not to determine their sex before birth. In addition, there are about three patients per month who require intensive medical care after a suicide attempt. The hospital also has a village health service that visits 42 of the surrounding villages and provides on-site education, counseling and prevention (e.g. vaccinations). They also help women there become self-reliant and independent by setting up and supporting self-help groups.

Health care should continue to be guaranteed and expanded. INGEAR supports the maintenance of the current structures as well as the improvement of medical care in the Nityaseva Hospital. The network is to be expanded in the long term in order to continue to reach remote places where there is currently no possibility to get access to medical care. Due to the size of the country, this is the rule in large parts of the rural regions. The village health service aims to raise awareness of health and illness among the population so that vaccinations, for example, are no longer perceived as a threat. In addition, women are to be empowered and supported to organize themselves, to avail of state aid and to secure their livelihood in the long term. In addition, the project tries to enable girls from disadvantaged structures to receive an education so that they can live independently and independently. Otherwise it is often necessary for the girls' families to have to raise a horrendous dowry so that they can be married and are thus financially secure. The high dowry is an extreme burden for the entire family and often gives rise to psychological crises and suicide attempts. The long-term goal of independence of the projects takes precedence over all others. Nevertheless, a project completion is not yet conceivable in the near future.

INGEAR funds are used on an as-needed basis to renovate the facility or to pay for ongoing expenses. INGEAR assists the hospital with the purchase of medical equipment and furnishings. For example, in January 2012, a monitor for the operating room, an electrocautery machine for surgical procedures, and a bed for the intensive care unit were purchased through INGEAR donations. In addition, ongoing bills for water or electricity are covered, depending on need. Furthermore, the construction of a new laboratory was co-financed. Here, a special HIV testing device is available, which has contributed significantly to the improvement of the therapy. INGEAR also arranges internships for volunteers, who spend an average of three months there. INGEAR is in constant exchange with those responsible at the hospital.

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