An Evaluation of the Congregational Based Primary Health Care Program (2005-2009) of Mohulpahari Christian Hospital, Jharkhand
Mohulpahari Christian Hospital (MCH) is one of the oldest hospitals in Southern Santhal Pargana region providing surgical care and management for complicated medical diseases. It is the largest hospital of Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC)which has not only provided medical care but also developed human resource for the church and the tribal population through training of health care workers. Normisjon has partnered with NELC and MCH in supporting health and development initiatives for along time. A major institution building process with reorientation of the focus for services took place through Mohulpahari Christian Hospital Development Project (MCHDP) from1998 in response to the needs of the community and the hospital. Congregation Based Primary Health Care Program (CBPHCP) was a response of the hospital to the community to reach out. The technical partner for both these initiatives was Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI), based at New Delhi. MCHDP completed in 2005 while CBPHCP continued from then on building on the previous community based initiatives in health and development, and it will complete five years in 2009. A mid-term evaluation in 2002 was done for CBPHCP component.