St. John's Health Services established the St.John's Hospital
at Pirappancode in the 1960s, originally to care and support the leprosy
patients as leprosy was widespread among the population of south Kerala.
Over the period of 40 years it could reach out to thousands of leprosy
affected people - providing them care and support in the forms of service
of medical personnel, medicines and other materials, counseling, guidance
and support for livelihood, etc. They continue to support the leprosy
patients (whose number is fewer now compared to the past).
From 2004 St. John's Health Services extended its services to the TB
Control Programme in collaboration with the Government of India and
Damien Foundation of India Trust through supporting the Revised National
Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in Trivandrum district for achieving
its objectives. Presently St. John's Health Services have 2 Designated
Microscopic Centers and 2 DOTS centers, at Manacadu and at St. John's
Health Services campus in Pirappencode.
2007 St. John's Health Services started addressing problems of those
affected by HIV/AIDS while maintaining its original focus on those affected
by Leprosy and TB. This shift in focus is due to two reasons:
(a) the number of those affected by HIV/AIDS is increasing steadily
in southern Kerala and
(b) the motto of St. John's Health Services is to address the weakest
and most excluded. It is found that those affected by HIV/AIDS are the
weakest and most excluded by their families and society.
from Dr.Terence O'Rourke, MD
I can vouch
for all the good work they are doing, and their website is far too
modest. I shot video and produced the promotional video you can
link to at their website. Father Jose is an extremely organized
and helpful man, and he is working on so many projects it is hard
The ones that
appealed to me and would likely appeal to American donors are the
relatively new orphanage and school for young children who lost
their parents to HIV/AIDS. I think they had about 19 children in
the program when I was there. Each one is costing them about $60US/month
to feed, cloth and educate (the local schools' parents organizations
refused to let the children attend). I think 4 or 5 are HIV+, the
rest are very healthy and active. There are programs they are developing
for vocational training for young adult HIV patients, mostly in
sewing and craft works. There is another home for older boys that
I did not see.
|Letter from Father Jose Kizhakkedath
Director, St. John's Health Services
In the year 2007, we widen our focus area for the Prevention and
Care and Support for the People living with HIV/AIDS. We are running
a Community Care Centre and Palliative Care centre for the HIV patients
and Government of Kerala in the year 2009 has awarded our centre
as the Best Community Care Care Centre for taking care the HIV/AIDS
patients. Thank God we have very dedicated team of doctors, Nuns
and sisters and volunteers to help this ministry. Till now we have
taken care of 638 HIV/AIDS patients. We are also running a Care
Home and Open School for the orphan and destitute children of HIV/AIDS
and at present we have 19 children in our home. In addition we are
supporting 63 children (infected and affected) through home based
care approach. We are also supporting 1350 poor Diabetic patients
in every month through 39 rural camps in the three southern districts
We are also running a Boys Home taking care of 38 boys from backward
Dalit Community for studying and bringing them to Better future.
We are providing quality education from Class V to Class X Plus
Fr. Jose Kizhakkedath 18 Mar 2010
Child Care Center
or you can make a donation to the
John's Health Services via the internet. Click
Once you are at PVF/Donate page, locate the section "Designated
Funds" - click the button for "Generosity in Action"
- specifiy in the text box "St. John's Health Services"
or just "SJHS"
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