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A Lifeline in the Himalayas: Rashna Chenoy's inspiring journey with Elly Charity in remote India

At the Elly Charity, we're dedicated to improving women's health globally. Every initiative we undertake is driven by this mission and inspired by the resilience of the communities we work with. One of Elly Charity’s

board members is Rashna Chenoy, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist from London, who has been volunteering at a remote health facility in the Himalayas.

The Mayavati Charitable Hospital

In the heart of North India, nestled among the lofty peaks of the Himalayas at a height of 6,500 feet, is the Mayavati Charita

ble Hospital. Despite its remote location and challenging conditions, this hospital is a beacon of hope for the approximately 1,400 villages surrounding it.

Unseen Obstacles: The Need for Safe and Reliable Transportation

Serving a community surrounded by dense forests and home to wildlife such as tigers and leopards, the hospital has its unique set of challenges. Providing safe and reliable transportation to pregnant women and other patients who have to travel several kilometres on foot to access medical care is an important issue.

A Dedicated Volunteer in a Challenging Terrain

In her retirement, Rashna has been volunteering at this hospital, using her skills and knowledge to help address pressing gynecological and other health issues for women and children in the region.

The Transportation Challenge: A Barrier to Safe Healthcare Access

Following the tragic loss of two young women in the community who were attacked by tigers while trying to reach the hospital, Rashna and her colleagues recognised a dire need for a safer means of transportation, in particular for pregnant women.

Rashna’s Fundraising Initiative for Safer Transport

With the help of a former colleague in London, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Ms Luxmi Velauthur, Rashna started a fundraising campaign with an ambitious goal of £25,000 to cover the costs of a new bus, its registration, and associated costs. Through the collaborative efforts of Elly Charity and other generous contributors, the initiative has provided not just one but two vehicles.

Elly Charity’s Contribution

These new vehicles now offer a reliable means of transport for around 60 patients twice daily, thus making healthcare services more accessible and safer in these remote areas. Elly Charity proudly contributed £5,000 to support this life-saving initiative which has not only reduced the risk for patients but also increased the hospital's efficiency and patient turnout.

Rashna Chenoy: A Pillar of Strength at Elly Charity

Rashna's story is not only inspirational but as a board member of Elly Charity, her contribution and leadership is invaluable. We are profoundly grateful for her incredible contribution and proud to have her as part of our team!


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