Shakyamuni Buddha Clinic began in 1991 as a destitute home, and has evolved into a diverse community health program, encompassing a wide range of medical and rehabilitative services and health promotion activities.
The program employs more than 27 professional and support staff who, with kindness and compassion, care for more than 2,300 people monthly.
These services are offered through our homoeopathic and allopathic outpatient clinics at Root Institute.
Community health programme
Homeopathic and allopathic clinics
providing outpatient practices at our principal centre in Bodhgaya and in six rural centres, six days a week.
who educate and promote practices that enhance health issues and prevent disability and disease.
Nursing home and inpatient facility
for the treatment of a variety of ailments including intensive diabetes management, anaemia and under-nutrition and the care of people with spinal-cord injuries.
HIV / AIDS care and support
providing a 'Continuum of care' for individuals and families affected by HIV related diseases. Also, advocacy work and case management.
Women's health services
focusing on primary health-care for under-served women and adolescent girls, on-site and in our six rural centres.
Children's health services
monitoring growth and development in children, triaging for those who fall outside the normal growth curves; case management and early intervention for parents of malnourished children. There is also included a specialised clinic with paediatricians who provide skilled treatment and ongoing care in the clinic and hospital.
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
Our long-standing physiotherapy and occupational therapy programme works with children and adults with disabilities, teaching patients and their families new skills for achieving increased independence; hundred of children with polio and cerebral palsy benefit from ongoing therapy and assistive devices such as braces and crutches made in our orthopaedic workshop onsite.
'High risk' and complex patients are followed by our case management programme. Our nurses and case manager make home visits as necessary. Patients unable to follow up, are visited in their remote villages to encourage them to remain in care. This programme enhances chronic care management for patients with tuberculosis, diabetes, malnutrition and anaemia and HIV / AIDS.
Patients with tuberculosis are enrolled in a special 'Directly Observed Therapy' (DOTs) programme in order to improve adherence to long-term medication therapy; improving outcome and prognosis; our skilled staff work together with government health centres in order to ensure high rates of compliance in patients following complex medication regimens.
Community empowerment and development of 'Village Health Committees'
by increasing awareness in people at village level on factors that contribute to health and disease.
A fully equipped dental clinic.
Mobile health programme
Similar services are offered to 1,300 patients in villages surrounding our six rural centres by our mobile team, travelling up to 50 kilometres from our central clinic in Bodhgaya to reach the rural centres.
Looking to the future
We plan to expand our project work to further address the underlying factors that contribute to illness and disease and act as a barrier to fulfilling healthy lifestyles. Social enterprise programs will be designed to help our patients undertake income-generating ventures. Poverty and social inequality are key factors in the lack of opportunities available to individuals and communities.
Encouraging and supporting young women through social enterprise
Without resources, people have fewer choices in diet, lifestyle, healthcare, education, and are more susceptible to social pressure. Women in India continue to face discrimination, limiting their options and reinforcing the poverty cycle. Encouraging and supporting young women through social enterprise will bring financial independence, better health, and benefit the wider community.