The Medical Activities of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, India (SSSSOI) have achieved the status of a ‘Mission’ by the Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
“Doctors should serve the poor with spirit of sacrifice. There is no greater service than this. God is the sole refuge of the destitute and the forlorn. As man is the embodiment of God, it is his primary duty to help the destitute and the forlorn” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
- Bhagawan’s principal message to the medical fraternity during His Valedictory discourse at the International Cardiac Conference in 1995 was only this
“Make love the capsule that you offer to your patients… anything you do with love will be rewarding.”
- This is the Divine direction for Medicare of the 21st century and Bhagawan has amply demonstrated to the world, through practical examples, what should be done and how it can be achieved.
Objectives of Sri Sathya Sai Medical Mission:
- To achieve Holistic Health care that must reach the doorstep of poor people
- To educate people how not to fall sick through Audio Visual presentations on preventive healthcare including health & hygiene
Principles followed in Health Care implementation:
Healthcare implemented by Sri Sathya Sai Baba is guided by the following six principles which are assiduously followed in every healthcare institution and every healthcare activity of SSSS Organisations throughout the World:
- State-of-the-art healthcare
- Free healthcare
- Compassionate healthcare
- Comprehensive healthcare
- Preventive healthcare
- Timely delivery of healthcare
Medicine is meant to promote heart to heart, love to love relationship between the doctor and patient. Sri Sathya Sai Medical mission exemplifies this aspect by providing comprehensive care and regular follow up of treatment. The humane component is evident in the care in Sri Sathya Sai hospitals
Three- pronged approach of Sri Sathya Sai Health Care:
Sri Sathya Sai Health Care has a Holistic Approach which is executed through the following three- pronged approach:
- Curative drive
- Preventive focus
- Spiritual base
Importance is given for Health Education at all levels viz Individual level, family level, group level and community level. Screening programmes are conducted at all levels.
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Medical Mission stands out as a beacon of hope and succor to innumerable ailing patients from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. The range of medical services which are offered include:
- Preventive Healthcare – A major focus of the Medical Mission. Teams are be deployed to educate the rural brethren to educate the underprivileged about health and hygiene and the need for healthy living
- Free Medical Centres / Clinics (called as ‘Sai Krupas’ established all over India.) , Medical camps conducted in various States,
- Medical Camps during Bhagawan’s Birthday Celebrations,
- Specialty camps ,
- Camps as part of Gram Seva,
- Integration of Medical activities with Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Programme –SSSVIP
- Individual doctors clinics,
- Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Health Services ( Andhra Pradesh and Telengana ,Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Delhi NCR, Rajasthan), Sri Sathya Sai Health Care Project (SSSHCP)
- Tele-medicine Services (at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha and West Bengal ) ,
- Blood donation camps (Liquid Love donation camps)
- Sai Rehabilitation Programmes ( at Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) ,
- Eradication of Malnutrition ,
- Disaster Management
The aim is to reach out to the most interior inaccessible parts of the country, providing the finest quality of health care irrespective of caste, creed, religion or nationality. Adding to the nobility of the medical profession, when Healthcare is rendered, keeping in mind the motto of ‘Maanava Seva is Maadhava Seva’; there occurs a paradigm shift in approach from that of medical profession to Medical Seva. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has repeatedly emphasised that state-of-the-art healthcare should be available to all people and especially the poor. Extraordinary services are provided through a number of free clinics, mobile vans, medical camps and rehabilitation support that the Sri Sathya Sai Seva organizations extends in 20 states of India. These services are rendered on a weekly basis. Statistics show that close to 12,000 free camps, mobile clinics, rehabilitation camps including veterinary camps have been held in the last one year. Besides this, about 9100 single doctor / free clinics are run by the doctor devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India. About 22.5 lakh patients have been extended medical care in a span of one year with more than 15,000 doctors support in the medical camps, free clinics, mobile medical vans and institutional care. These doctors have been supported by over 44,000 paramedics and about 1,20,000 Sathya Sai Seva Dal volunteers both men and Mahilas. The many recipients of the Medical Seva who have never seen Bhagawan Baba in His physical form, experience unconditional love through His instruments!
Preventive Health Care – Health & Hygiene:
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Health Care Services covers the following aspects of personal care also as part of the treatment:
- Creating basic awareness on Preventive Medicine.
- Villagers receive talks, demonstrations and video shows on basic health and hygiene covering food habits, personal hygiene and cleanliness of surroundings. They are also educated on the ill effects of vices such as drinking, smoking and chewing tobacco.
Super Speciality & General Hospital
Bhagawan has set up a chain of super-specialty hospitals (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science at Prasanthigram & Whitefield) and General Hospitals ( Sri Sathya Sai General Hospitals at Prasanthi Nilayam and Whitefield) where the poor can walk in and get the best treatment possible without paying a single rupee irrespective of caste, creed, religion, and financial status in an atmosphere of love and care. Sri Sathya Sai hospitals run by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust provide free medical care to the sick and ailing with the dedication, commitment, love and the best of skills, so that they will be cured in body, mind and spirit.
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospitals
Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital Prasanthi Nilayam is another unique free rural outreach health service which was launched by Sri Sathya Sai Baba on March 3, 2006
The impact of the Mobile Hospital services has been tremendous. On the curative front, it has given a sense of great security to people living in villages. It is a boon for patients with chronic ailments who can never dream of buying medicines on a continuous basis. The preventive services have created a huge wave of awareness on major health issues, which is slowly getting translated into changing habits, for the better. The spiritual component of the service has strengthened the community bonds and has reminded people that spirituality is the way of life and practicing human values leads to positive health and happiness. The Mobile Hospital is thus acting as a silent vehicle for providing comprehensive healthcare and is also becoming an instrument for dissemination of the ideals of healthcare which Sri Sathya Sai Baba has set for all. It is not only a state-of-the-art rural outreach service but also a state-of-the-heart caring and loving service. Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital Seva has been instituted in other States such as Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Maharashtra and Goa, Delhi NCR, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu
Free Medical Camps
Inspired by Bhagawan’s example of selfless service, many all over the world have been inspired to be of service to their fellow men. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, India is conducting free medical camps in areas with lack of access to medical care, educating the people about health and hygiene; these messengers of Bhagawan’s Love are creating a silent revolution. Medical camps are conducted to carry out health promotion, education, minor medical or surgical treatments and preventive healthcare services. Medical camps are organised on a regular basis in rural areas where patients are given medicines free of cost. Hundreds of thousands of patients are treated for eye ailments and thousands of cataract operations are performed. Free medical dispensaries are being run at various places by various Samithis of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
Medical Camps during Bhagawan’s Birthday Celebrations
Special Medical Camps are conducted every year at Prasanthi Nilayam during the month of November as part of the Birthday Celebrations of our Beloved Bhagawan. On an average, every year about 6000 – 8000 patients are given only primary care – including symptomatic and supportive medications. ECG facility is also available and if any advanced treatment is required, they are referred either to Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Prashanthi Nilayam or to Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram . A daily satsang is held in the evenings with everyone in the medical camp to review the day’s progress and recollect the teachings of our beloved Lord.
Mega Medical Camps for the period of 8 to 10 days are conducted in selected villages to extend the medical services to remote villages during Swamis Birthday celebrations in all states. General surgeries and cataract operations are done by bringing the patients to the nearest town, for getting the operations done.
Sri Sathya Sai Free Medical Clinics are being run by many Samithis, normally once in a week.
Eradication of Malnutrition
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Maharashtra and Goa, has designed a special programme for the eradication of malnutrition amongst adivasi children in the villages of Maharashtra. This programme collects detailed data of each child along with the medical examination report. They are not only offered nutritional supplements but regular follow-up and medical examination is also done to assess the efficacy of the programme.
Blood Donation Camps (otherwise known as Liquid Love Seva ) and Blood Group testing camps are organised on a regular basis by major Samithis in Cities where Blood Banks are available. Blood donation by members is a regular activity. Blood grouping activity is organized in many places; there is very impressive response from public and sevadal.
Medical Check-up at various Institutions
Medical teams from Sri Sathya Sai Organisations of various states visit orphanages, old age homes, leprosy homes etc. for medical checkups on a continuous basis.
In addition to the general medical camps students of local village schools are given a complete medical examination.
Medical Activities & Sri Sathya Sai Sai Village Intergrated Programme (SSSVIP)
Medi Care (activities) is to be integrated along with the other cares executed in Sri Sathya Sai Sai Village Integrated Programme (SSSVIP) such as:
- Individual Care
- Employment Care
- Educational Care
- Spiritual Care
- Agri Care
- Social Care
Sri Sathya Sai Health Care Project (SSSHCP)
Sri Sathya Sai Health Care Project was launched by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on 28th January, 2007 at Chennai. Doctors having their own Private Hospitals/Diagnostic Institutions in Chennai had come forward to offer, One Bed totally free of cost for the benefit of the poor and the needy
Telemedicine service offers phenomenal opportunities for doctors to meet patients. Treatment would not be rendered at these centers. It is only a data interchange center to refer to the hospitals and to convey their instructions to the patients. Mostly the information to be conveyed will be the date of visit to the hospitals and the proposed course of treatment there. SSSSO Odisha and SSSSO West Bengal have well established Tele Medicine Centres.
Whenever natural calamities have caused havoc to human life, the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation has been extremely responsive in providing assistance to the affected population.
- Medical services included administration of first aid, treatment of acute and chronic conditions,
- More importantly, because of the sudden catastrophic nature of such calamities, grief counseling is being given to the affected individuals, families, and large groups. This allows the individual, the family, and the community to emotionally cope with the situation and move on with their lives.
Sai Rehabilitation Programme (SRP)
Even after treatment, people suffer from the disabling squeal of illnesses that can interfere with daily life. It is during this difficult phase of their life that they require specialised care that addresses their physical, psychological, and social well-being. Rehabilitation programmes instituted by the SSSSO enables patients to function as self-reliant members of their communities. Sai Rehabilitation Programme has been implemented in the States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka. West Bengal and Orissa would be implementing Sai Rehabilitation Programme in their States shortly. Sri Nimish Pandya, All India president of SSSSO India emphasized the fact that no man can inspire thousands of people to spend their own money to serve the society and that only God can do this. Hence, Bhagawan Baba is verily Divine.
Doctors should recognize the importance of the five human values; Truth, righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence. Love is the basis for all the other values. Doctors can infuse courage in patients by the Love they show towards the patients. If doctors carry out their duties with love they will be crowned with success –Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations platform is open to all members of the Medical Fraternity to render Medical Seva, be it urban or rural , so that more and more members can join this holy work