Gani Chand at SPARSH hospital in India

No access to healthcare – Gani and Nazmia’s stories

With a population of more than 112 million people, Maharastra is India’s second most populous state, yet 30% live in poverty. In these areas, access to health centres can be up to 50km away.

Gani, 58, was suffering from a chronic cough, breathlessness and loss of appetite when he decided to make the 50km journey to the SPARSH hospital. Although a tough and expensive journey, he felt left with no choice.

After running a series of tests, it was found that Gani was suffering from Tuberculosis. Fortunately, as it was diagnosed early, the doctors were able to provide him with the appropriate medicine. But if Gani had not made the long trek to the hospital, he would still be living with Tuberculosis now, undiagnosed and without treatment.

“This hospital has saved my life.

“A lot of my friends also suffer because of the lack of hospitals nearby, and many of them cannot afford to travel to the SPARSH hospital as it’s so far away,” said Gani.

Nazmia with her newly born baby at SPARSH hospital in India after having an emergency c-section

Nazmia and her baby are now living happily and healthily

Nazmia was in her last stage of pregnancy when she was taken to SPARSH hospital. She was severely anaemic and had bad stomach pains, and worried that she could feel her baby moving around less and less.

Upon examination, the doctors found that she had stomach ruptures, and prepared for an immediate blood transfusion and emergency C-section.

“There aren’t any health facilities in or near my village. The nearest one is 14km away and it has very long waiting hours.

“I pray for such services to be available closer to my village,” says Nazmia.

Although both Gani and Nazmia were able to get to the hospital and receive the treatment they desperately needed, many people are not as fortunate.

We’re funding a mobile medical unit that will travel around the marginalised communities of Maharastra, providing vital medical care. No longer will people have to make the decision of whether they can afford to spend their savings on travelling 50km to the nearest hospital, or whether they must just live with the consequences of their illnesses.