My adopted family
I lived with JAM Oommen during my time in Orissa, and i couldnt have had a more wonderful family! The Christian Hospital, Bissamcuttack, is a 200 bedded mission hospital, in the Rayagada District of Orissa. Johnny heads the Community Health Department (and was my Boss!) and Mercy is the Principal of the School of Nursing. Ashu (Ashish Oommen John) is between 6th and 7th grade, and an expert bowler and hindi-movie-song teacher! :) Ofcourse, one cant talk about Johnny and not mention Malaria (rumours are that the f. anophelese tremble at his name etc hehe) No, I didnt get malaria – but i was extra cautious and used odomos and a big blue mosquito net soaked in deltamethryn!

This is what the Hospital looks like from the hills behind (photos courtesy: G Zaman, Sara & Tue)

CHB was started over 50 yrs ago by Dr. Lis Madsen, a Danish Doctor and amazing person who began with a clinic on the church veranda. Today, CHB provides essential health care facilities in a state which has the HIGHEST death rate (9.8 per 1000 population), HIGHEST infant mortality rate (87 per 1000 live births), HIGHEST Maternal mortality rate (738 per 100,000 births) and about 50% of all malarial deaths in the country!

This part of Orissa is absolutely beautiful. Mitra (Madsen’s Institute for Tribal & Rural Advancement) which is the Community Health wing of CHB, works in 50 villages in the area and the sights and sounds are absolutely stunning. A team of committed staff work hard to fulfill the mitra dream of


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  1. Dear Shikha,Went through your Sinla pass blog! Extremely well written and great pics. Could I please get some info on the trek as I plan to do it this summer. I wanted the details such as arranging for permits, porters, guides etc. how did you manage to permits, are they required to trek to Sinla or not. Average cost per day? Please could you take some time to reply to me at my e mail id – rajeev_bora@yahoo.comLooking forward to hearing from you!Thanks much in advanceregardsRajeev

  2. hi Shikha,I found your blog while searching for information on MITRA community health insurance project. I am studying micro insurance schemes in India as a part of my PhD programme.I need to have more information about MITRA community health insurance project(M-CHIP).So, I request to kindly reply me at my e-mail : s.s.rout@gmail.comThanking YouWith RegardsSwapna Sarit Rout

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