Dr. G.N. Saxena and Dr. Arvind Sharma join as Advisors to SEAIT.

South East Asia Institute for Thalassemia (SEAIT) is a joint collaboration of Manav Sewa Sangh, Prem Niketan Hospital, Jaipur, India and Cure 2 Children Foundation, Florence, Italy, for the screening, detection and diagnosis of Thalassemia and blood disorders including blood cancer.

SEAIT is committed to provide world class healthcare and treatment to the thalassemia patients by a team of highly qualified doctors, dedicated nurses, para-medical and non-medical staff with the help of state-of-the-art diagnostics, therapeutic services in a comfortable, caring and safe environment at an affordable cost. With the passage of time, SEAIT has enhanced its infrastructure and also services of expertise.

As an addition, we mi1_1283are pleased to state that now guidance of one of most experienced doctors would be available to the centre. Dr G.N Saxena has joined as an advisor SEAIT, after retiring as Head of Department, Medicine, S.M.S Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur in September 2012. He is presently Dean, Telemedicine & Professor, Department of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Jaipur.

Not only this, as an International Advisor, services of Dr. Arvind Sharma would now also be available at the centre. Dr. Sharma is FRACP(Australia), MD, MRCP(UK); MRCPCH(UK) Sr. Consultant Pediatrician, Govt. of Western Australia; Sr. Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia and School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Perth Australia.

We are well assured that with the significant contribution of Dr. G.N. Saxena and Dr. Arvind, SEAIT would be acknowledged as one of the best and sophisticated internationally acclaimed BMT Centre.

Source: http://www.seaitindia.org/blog/Advisors.html

Rajasthan Government recognized SEAIT as an authorized centre for BMT.

Rajasthan State Government after providing free medical facilities including free iron chelation medicines and blood tests for thalassemia major patients has now, a step ahead issued order on 17th April, 2013 authorizing SEAIT as an authorized hospital for treatment of such patients.

South East Asia Institute for Thalassemia (SEAIT) is a joint collaboration of Manav Sewa Sangh, Prem Niketan Hospital, Jaipur,India and Cure 2 Children Foundation, Florence, Italy, for the screening, detection and diagnosis of Thalassemia and blood disorders including blood cancer. SEAIT is a centre committed to the cure of children with severe blood disorders in particular,transfusion dependent thalassemia by bone marrow transplantation.

Low Income Category non BPL thalassemia major patients, whose annual family income is upto Rs. 2.50 lacs, can now undergo treatment at SEAIT. For Bone Marrow Transplant of thalassemia major patients, financial support would be provided from Rajasthan Chief Minister Relief Fund. SEAIT the only BMT Centre working in Rajasthan for the eradication of thalassemia, after due recognizition from the State Govt. will now be able to perform transplants of low income group thalassemics.

For BMT lacs of funds are required and only financially sound patients were able to go for it. This effort of State Govt. has enlightened the way of living full and healthy life to such BPL patients also who could have never thought of the treatment. This has shown how empathetic and caring the State Govt. is towards thalassemia major patients.

Approval by Govt. of Rajasthan as an authorized centre along with financial aid will go a long way in fulfilling the mission and vision of the hospital to serve the Thalassemics as a nonpolitical, secular nonprofit organization.

SEAIT and thalassemia patients express heartfelt gratitude to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sh. Ashok Gehlotji and State Government for this support.

Source: http://www.seaitindia.org/blog/authorized.html

Prem Niketan Ashram: From Humanism to Social service.

Dr Nita Mukherjee narrates how an ashram has put its philosophy to work. 

1358574604_niketan-ashramPrem Niketan (‘abode of love’) is the story of the transformation of an ashram deeply rooted in propagating humanism to an organisation providing a range of social services. At the core of Prem Niketan (PN) is the philosophy that goodness is embodied in the human heart; it needs to be stoked with ethical practice. Chanderbala Parnami, its president since 1999, emphasises strongly that PN is not a ‘religious organisation’; she asserts that Manav Sewa Sangh (of which PN is an affiliate) represents a philosophy of life—of realising goodness through doing good.

Prem Niketan Ashram, founded by Maharaj Sharananandji, was registered under the Society’s Act in FY1953-54. Today, it runs four social service institutions under its aegis. These are: Prem Niketan Hospital (PNH), Prem Niketan Secondary School (PNSS), Geriatric-cum-nursing Care Centre (GCC) and Shubh Shanti Niwas (SSN, an old age home).

PNSS caters mainly to the children of labour class from the surrounding areas. To encourage these first-generation students, PNSS provides free conveyance from the bastis; 50% students are given free education. Others pay nominal charges and PNSS organises donations of study materials and mid-day meals; even the science lab and the computer centre have been set up with donations. Asha Tak, director, STInfosys, a volunteer for PN since 2006, focuses on PNSS. She says, “Running a school with 500 students without government aid is credible when you see the facilities and performance of the students.” Many students are sponsored. Annual sponsorship per child varies from Rs3,500/- for 1st to 5th standard up to Rs6,000/- for 10th to 12th standard children.

However, PN’s most exemplary work is in the field of caring for the old and infirm. GCC, started in 2006, as a part of the PNH has four deluxe rooms and a 20-bed general ward. This ward is run on a charitable basis; most patients are terminal cases.

SSN, a home for people over 60, currently has 25 two-seater, fully furnished rooms, with attached baths and a small sit-out. There’s a dining room, recreation centre and library. Four simple and nutritious meals are served to inmates and all services, including housekeeping, laundry and conveyance to the city, are provided—all for Rs10,000/- per month. Only if an inmate is completely bed-ridden and needs special personal attendant, extra charges have to be paid.

The average age of SSN inmates is 80. They come from all walks of life, including academics, IAS officials and engineers. A former IAS officer, who did not want to be named, said: “It is the best arrangement, as a last alternative. At least I don’t have to worry about ordering provisions or whether the maid will turn up or not. And since there is a hospital within the premises, help is at hand in case of any medical emergency.” Since all the inmates are old and ailing, it does get a bit gloomy at times, he said.

Jaipur currently has few retirement homes so close to the city. Realising that the expanding city needs more such facilities, PN wants to add 100 rooms to SSN. They accept donations of Rs10 lakh per room from prospective inmates. If those who have paid for the room don’t move in immediately, PN rents the rooms to those in need. The income so obtained cross-subsidises GCC. On the death of these ‘owner-inmates’, the rooms revert to PN which can either sell or rent them.

Recently, in collaboration with Cure2children Foundation (Italy), PN started the South-east Asia Institute for Thalassaemia and has successfully done a bone marrow transplant free of cost. It raised the required donations of Rs9 lakh for this. Several such cases waiting for funding. Donations to Prem Niketan are tax-exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Source: http://www.moneylife.in/article/from-humanism-to-social-service/30845.html

प्रश्न- भगवान्‌ हमसे प्रेम करते हैं, यह कैसे मालूम हो? 

उत्तर- भगवान्‌ पर विश्वास हो और उनसे हमारा सम्बन्ध हो तब मालूम हो सकता है। जैसे माता अपने बच्चे के लिए तरसती है, वैसे ही भगवान्‌ अपने भक्त के लिए तरसते हैं। बच्चा काला-कलूटा, गूँगा-बहरा, लूला-लँगड़ा कैसा भी हो, माता उससे प्रेम करती है। बच्चा भी यह बात समझता है। भगवान्‌ में तो माता से अनेक गुना वात्सल्य है। फिर वे भक्त से प्रेम करें, इसमें कहना ही क्या ।

अत: जो एकमात्र भगवान्‌ को ही मानते हैं, उनको भगवान्‌ का प्रेम मिलता है। इसमें सन्देह नहीं है। यह भक्तों का अनुभव है। ईश्वर प्रेमीभक्त को ढूँढ़ता है। विचारशील साधक ईश्वर को ढूँढ़ता है।

प्रश्न- मुझे साधन करते हुए एक अर्सा हो गया, किन्तु अभी तक सफलता के दर्शन नहीं हुए, क्या कारण है।

उत्तर- जो मनुष्य असाधन को बनाए रखकर साधन करते हैं, उनको बहुत दिनों तक साधन करने पर भी वर्तमान में सिद्धि नहीं मिल सकती। 

जो मनुष्य वस्तु और व्यक्ति का आश्रय लेकर साधन करना चाहते हैं, उनको भी सफलता नहीं मिलती। इसलिए भगवान्‌ का आश्रय लेकर साधन करो, सफलता अवश्य मिलेगी। 

जो साधक देशकाल, परिस्थिति, वस्तु व व्यक्ति का आश्रय छोड़ कर साधन करता है, उसको शीघ्र सफलता मिलती है। 

‘स्व’ में सन्तुष्ट रहो, मानवता को महत्व दो और प्रभु पर विश्वास करो-यही साधना है और इसी का नाम जीवन है। जिसके जीवन में यह बातें आ जाती हैं, उसको सफलता अवश्य मिलती है।

प्रश्न- सच्चा सुख मनुष्य को कब और कैसे मिल सकता है।

उत्तर- वास्तव में मानव-जीवन की यही सबसे बड़ी समस्या है । इसके हल करने में प्राणी सदा स्वतन्त्र है । इस प्रश्न पर गम्भीरतापूर्वक विचार न करना बड़ी भारी भूल है । 

मानवता प्राप्त होने पर मनुष्य मानवता प्राप्त होने पर मनुष्य को वह सुख मिल जाता है जिसमें दु:ख नहीं होता अर्थात्‌ सच्चा सुख मिल जाता है । 

सहज भाव से मूक भाषा में प्रेम पात्र से प्रार्थना करो–“हे नाथ ! इस हृदय को अपनी प्रीति से भर दो । इस शरीर को दु:खियों की सेवा में लगा दो । बुद्धि को विवेकवती बना दो । इस जगत्‌ रुपी वाटिका में मुझे एक सुन्दर पुष्प बना दो । मैं सदा आपकी कृपा की प्रतीक्षा में रहूँ ।” ऐसी प्रार्थना करने से प्रेम-पात्र तुम्हें अपनी सेवा करने के योग्य अवश्य बना लेंगे, ऐसा मेरा विश्वास है ।