Hariharananda Charitable Health Centers

Health is Wealth

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda visited the cyclone-devastated areas of Odisha in 1999 and saw thousands of people with various diseases and lacking even the most basic medical care. In keeping with Paramahamsa Hariharananda's goal of serving the sick, many health centers were established in India, beginning in 1999, through the charitable arm of Prajnana Mission. They offer free medical services and supplies to people in need in rural areas where there are no convenient medical facilities.

Health Centers were started in Balighai and Cuttack in 1999. A free homeopathy clinic was started in Bhisindipur in 2003, and health clinics were established in 2002 and 2003 in Panarhat and the fishermen's village of Penthakata, Puri. The health centers provide free medical, dental, and lab-pathology care, along with distribution of free medicines.

In addition to the health centers, the mobile medical and dental unit travels to remote rural areas of Odisha every year at regular intervals to provide health checkups, health camps, dental camps, health awareness camps, social awareness camps, and to distribute free medicine.

The health centers are well organized and provide services and medication for more than 60,000 people every year, with the numbers continuing to increase. Hand In Hand USA and Hand In Hand Europe provide funding for health care centers in Balighai, Jagatpur, Yukthashram, Panarhat and remote rural parts of Orissa and West Bengal, and their continued support helps make these centers possible.

Annual Number of Patients Treated at Hariharananda Charitable Health Centers

Year Balighai Jagatpur Panarhat Bhisindipur Other Places Total
1999 7,084 2,073       9,157
2000 18,160 5,800       23,960
2001 11,002 5,990       16,992
2002 12,432 6,070       18,502
2003 22,749 7,542 1,770   2,028 34,089
2004 27,102 12,312 2,364 1,429 7,398 50,605
2005 29,608 14,178 3,999 4,159 12,664 64,608
2006 36,598 15,129 2,737 6,833 8,718 70,015
2007 29,949 12,949 2,909 6,000 7,357 59,164
Total 194,685 82,043 13,779 18,421 38,165 347,092