FOJSSinUK - Friends of Jan Swasthya Sahyog in UK
As the name implies, Friends of JSS (FoJSSinUK) is a non-profit charitable organization based in the UK.
We seek to build a network of friends and supporters of JSS in UK. We hope you can learn more about FoJSSinUK, JSS itself as well as how you can help and get involved.
The JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog or People's Health Support Group) is a public-health initiative established in 1996 by a handful of committed doctors all of whom trained at elite medical schools in India. While many of their peers secured high profile, high earning posts in premier hospitals in India, the US and the UK, the doctors at JSS have focussed their medical expertise on providing a service for poor and marginalised rural communities in Bilaspur district in the east Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Relying on grants and private donations, the doctors at JSS pay themselves only a token salary.
The JSS operates out of a hospital in Ganiyari, 25km from the main district town of Bilaspur. The JSS provide a first-class medical service for a community that would otherwise rely on underfunded and poorly resourced government facilities. Though the hospital at Ganiyari boasts 30 beds, two operating theatres, a fully-equipped lab and three outpatient clinics every week, the service provided by JSS is over-subscribed by a community totaling 800,000 people from 1,500 villages.
Dear Friends of JSS in UK
I am pleased to confirm the dates for our 6th AGM. The meeting on this occasion is being hosted by Dr Sunil Gupta.
Date and Time: Sunday the 9th of June, 11 am-4 pm
Venue: 192 South borough Lane, Bromley, Kent, BR2 8AH
Parkings on nearby: Austin avenue, Cloisters Avenue or Checquers pub
11-12 am Arrival and refreshments
12-1 pm Talk and live Yoga demonstration by Esha Foundation.
1-2 pm Lunch
2-4 pm AGM.
Please try to bring your Yoga mats.
Agenda for the AGM will be circulated shortly.
Secretary FOJSS in UK
Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2017
Friends of JSS in UK is pleased to share the news of JSS being awarded 'Jamnalal Bajaj International award' for 'Application of Science and Technology for Rural development. The award was received by JSS secretary Dr Yogesh Jain at a recent ceremony in Mumbai..
OUR PATIENTS ARE NEVER DENIED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES
To address the malnutrition that is so widespread among the population they serve, the JSS offers training on new agricultural techniques. The JSS has a well established outreach program of village-clinics and employs over 100 village health workers serving 53 villages. The JSS also operates an ambulance service and assists with transport costs for a rural community who's access to essential services has been undermined by the Chhattisgarh government's decision to completely disinvest in public transport.
Continually exposed to illnesses associated with malnutrition and poverty including Malaria, tuberculosis and rheumatic heart disease, the doctors at JSS are tireless advocates for universal healthcare and the need to introduce measures to reduce society's inequities and focus resources upon the three-quarters of India's population who live on less than mere subsistence a day.
Support JSS to provide adequate conditions of life, in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and well-being in rural India.
Thanks to Tom Pietrasik for photographs of JSS