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Maternity facilities - rural south India

The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in India is amongst the highest in the world - we want to help reduce that.
We currently have a popular medical centre which provides affordable care to local communities. There is need for maternity facilities which we would like to build above the medcial centre

6-9 months

Charity information: Hope Gardens

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  • Need


    Cumbum is one of the poorest rural areas in Tamil Nadu, with a high Maternal Mortality Rate (India - 200 deaths/1,000 births). Cumbum (pop. 230 000) has 1 Government hospital with maternity facilities and 4 private facilities. The Government facility is free but has about 1000 people a day with only 5 doctors. It suffers from chronic overcrowding forcing many people to seek private options. A private checkup is about £12, natural birth about £120 and a c sec £357. The avg daily wage is £1.80


    Hope Gardens wants to build a maternity and infant care centre which would consist of facilities for checkups, an operating theatre, birth ward and a ten-bed unit for post-natal care above our existing, well utilised medical centre. Most women would prefer natural births, which are unavailable in the Government hospital due to overcrowding and the unpredictability of natural birth.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Contribute to the reduction of the Maternal Mortality Rate in India


    » Provide free check ups of pregnant women
    » Encourage more natural births
    » Provide holistic post partum care for mums
    » Provide clean hygienic facilities

    We will amend our existing record keeping to include details of mortality rate

    Aim 2

    Promote institutional deliveries which has been a key factor in reducing the MMR


    » Let people know of our facility through those who already attend the medical centre
    » Inform those whom we visit in our outbound medical camps of the service we provide

    Through our community links we are able to see how many pregnant women there are and record how many come to our medical facility vs opting for home births.

    Aim 3

    Encourage natural deliveries and reduce post natal complications


    » Provide a facility which gives mums the opportunity for natural child birth
    » Provide 24 hour emergency care

    We will keep a record of all natural vs c-section deliveries noting clearly the need for C-sections

    Aim 4

    Reduction in family debt due to forced C-sections and associated costs


    » Provide affordable care for those in poverty

    The Maternal Mortality Rate should decrease with more mothers and children having successful, uncomplicated birthing situations.

  • Impact


    We believe that clean, accessible facilities will help reduce the Maternal mortality rate in South India, there will be fewer complications during and post birth and children will suffer less through more professional medical assistance and support through birth.
    With families should have more disposable income, helping people lift themselves out of poverty. Families with more disposable income might be able to afford educating children instead of sending them to work.


    Inflation is rising rapidly in India and the exchange rate is not in our favour. We need to raise the funds quickly to ensure that we are able to lock down our costs. We have recruited additional team members to help put in place a strategy to raise funds to finalise within the next 6-9months.


    We will provide quarterly newsletters to our supporters, with stories about the success of the maternity ward. Our Trustees and Director travel to India regularly to monitor the success of our projects and will share information and photos.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £85,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £65,000 Hospital contruction Facilities for checkups, an operating theatre, birth ward and a ten-bed unit for post-natal care.
      £20,000 Hospital equipment Equipment in the theatre

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation £20,000 Conditional
    Private donors £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Cumbum, South India

    There are 15 villages in Cumbum surrounding the Rhema Garden where our existing medical centre is based where an estimate 230 000 people live. Many of them are poor families working in fields and doing manual labourer work.


    Pregnant woman and their new born babies will benefit directly from the new maternity services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hope Gardens is a grass roots charity that have been working in partnership with our Indian team for over 15 years. We have local people running local projects and have good links with the local community and surrounding areas. We already provide medical facilities at our well established medical centre and have well qualified local doctors who are supporting this project.

    Our chairman and director make regular trips to India to ensure that all projects are well run.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Archbishop Samuel Gnanaprahasam, India

    Chairman of the Indian Board, responsible for driving projects in India.

    Rev. Richard Lloyd, UK

    Chairman Hope Gardens, responsible for ensuring monitoring and reporting back to supporters.

    Dr. Semmalar Selvi, India

    Qualified Doctor in India who will be responsible for the maternity centre

The cost of child birth is very high, and it's not easy to travel so far when you are so heavily pregnant. Maternity facilities at the Rhema Garden would be very useful

Mrs Laksumi, 3 children, Village: Ya Arasu, Cumbum