The Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre (MJK-MCHC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to providing quality, accessible healthcare to women and children in the district of Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India, an area that has among the worst maternal and child health outcomes in the world. The MJK-MCHC is a program of the Prominent Homes Charitable Organization (PHCO) based in Calgary, Canada.
Our aim is to improve maternal and child health outcomes among impoverished rural families that would otherwise not have access to quality care. Our broader vision is of a society where women are empowered as agents of change and children are free to achieve their highest potential in life. Such a society is free of unnecessary and preventable deaths of women and children due to a lack of quality reproductive and child health services. We believe that improving the health of women and children is a fundamental step towards overcoming intergenerational cycles of poverty. In our view, health is not just the absence of disease; rather, it is a state of wholeness unifying physical, mental and social wellbeing.
We envision a healthy society where women are empowered as agents of change and children are free to achieve their highest potential in life. Such a society is free of unnecessary and preventable deaths of women and children due to a lack of quality reproductive and child health services.
Our mission is to improve the health of mothers and children in the district of Ganganagar, Rajasthan through the provision of high-quality reproductive and child health services in a safe, hygienic and women-centered environment. We strive for the highest attainable level of care that reflects local needs and is informed by evidence and empathy.
The MJK-MCHC is located in the heart of rural Sri Ganganagar in the village 35BB, accessible to hundreds of thousands of mothers and children in the surrounding service area. Since January, 2010 we have been operating the Mata Kartar Kaur Prenatal Clinic which provides obstetric and gynecological care for expecting mothers and other women and girls. At our weekly clinic we routinely see upwards of 80 patients of all ages and backgrounds. To date we have safely delivered almost 500 babies.
The MJK-MCHC is currently in the process of expanding our facilities and the services we offer. Work has begun on the Mata Jai Kaur Memorial Charitable Hospital which will provide a full range of maternal and child health services on-site at 35BB.
We are also developing innovative, comprehensive and culturally appropriate interventions to address the many issues that adversely affect maternal and child health and the health of society, such as female sex-selection and malnutrition. These interventions will be informed by evidence and research. Our organization will be strengthened by transparency and accountability. To achieve this level of effectiveness we will seek to collaborate nationally and internationally with like-minded individuals and organizations.
We also strive to support the Government of Rajasthan’s important efforts to improve health outcomes in the state. We firmly believe that in order to have an overall positive effect on society our organization should work with the local health system and not parallel to it.
Our most important partners are in the community we serve. The MJK-MCHC is ultimately in the hands of locals. While it is supported from Canada, it is managed and run by passionate members of the community in Sri Ganaganagar. By building on existing linkages between Canada and India, the MJK-MCHC is a true expression of the value that can be created through grassroots, community action and global engagement.
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