SEF-NAV-BHARAT-01

NAV BHARAT JAGRITI KENDRA, HAZARIBAG, JHARKHAND

The Hospital:

Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK) is a charitable organization with a vision to establish a progressive, peaceful and a just society based on the values of equality, fraternity, and mutual help.Four engineering graduates who were sensitive to the causes of disparity, exploitation and poverty, established Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra in 1971. Motivated by the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi and vision of the Sarvodaya leader LokNayak Jai Prakash Narayan, these graduates made the decision to abandon their careers and lifestyles in order to explore ways to establish an equitable society, by leading the fight against hunger, unemployment, exploitation, and discrimination.

NBJK has grown significantly over the years. From its humble beginnings in a small Dalit hamlet of village Bahera in Hazaribagh in the state of Jharkhand, the organization now has a presence in 12 districts of Jharkhand and Bihar. NBJK also works in close partnership with a network of voluntary organizations and small groups. Through a network of about 400 organizations, NBJK is working in an additional 40 districts in the two states.The organization aims at facilitating a just and egalitarian society through an integrated development approach, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society including women, children and persons with disabilities.

NBJK started LokNayak JaiPrakash(LNJP) Eye Hospitals with the objective to provide high quality eye-health services at free/affordable cost to poor and marginalized people, mainly in rural areas where there is not available any kind of eye care services by the government hospitals/PHCs/CHCs. Currently there are three eye hospitalsrun by NBJK- 2 in Jharkhand & 1 in Bihar.LNJP Eye Hospital-Hazaribag is a 100 bedded eye hospital started with the support of SightSavers in 2005, LNJP Eye Hospital-Dumka is a 40 bedded eye hospital started with the support of CBMin 2008 and most recently, in January 2020, the 3rd LNJP 40 bedded eye hospital in Gaya, Bihar with capital funding from Wen Giving Foundation & Mission for Vision, and under the technical guidance from LV Prasad Eye Institute.

These hospitals cover a population of over 14 million of10 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand states of India.The hospital provides check-up and treatment for cataract surgery, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, low-vision, ocular-trauma, Ptosis etc. at subsidized cost and having done 9,711 free surgeries during 2019.

In addition to eye care, NBJK is also involved in other community-centric charitable activities such as disability, mental health, general health, hygiene and sanitation and maternal & child health. More information can be found on their website https://nbjk.org/

Key Facts:

Hospital Location Beds (Free) Surgeries (Free) 2019-20 Beds (Paid) Surgeries (Paid) 2019-20
Hazaribagh, Jharkhand 70 6438 30 3334
Dumka, Jharkhand 30 3273 10 307
Gaya, Bihar (Started 01/2020) 32 n/a 8 n/a

Leadership:

Shri. Satish Kumar

Secretary and Co-founder

Mr Satish Kumar is the founder member and secretary of NBJK. He completed his graduation in electrical engineering from BIT, Sindri in 1970. He has studied planning & management of rural development at Birmingham University, UK and gained a vast experience in the field of micro rural development. He is a prolific writer of many books upon environment, play way learning, children, organization development, fund raising and health awareness.

Shri Girija Nandan

President and co-founder

Mr. Girija Nandan also completedhis graduation in electrical engineering from BIT, Sindri in 1970. Mr. Nandan has studied Gandhian literature, came into contact of Sarvodaya leaders and applied those high ideals of renunciation in his personal life as a young man. Mr. Nandan is one among the founder members of NBJK and playing his role as its team leader propagatingLokSamiti as a non-religious and non-political people’s platform in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Association with SEF, USA:

NBJK is a new partner hospital for SEF USA,onboarded during 2019-20 with an initial pilot funding tranche for 1,000 surgeries at its newly opened Gaya facility in Bihar.

NBJK has potential for growth in providing eye care servicesto about 7.7 million population from its Gaya location with additional capital funding, over and above the current 40 bed facility which has yet to fully operationalize, due to the current ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Although we are still in the initial stages of our engagement with NBJK we expect to deepen our relationship with continued operational surgery support for the Gaya location as they achievefinancial self-sustainabilityat this location, just as at Hazaribagh and Dumka.

Contact Information

Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK)
At: Bahera,
PO: Brindavan, Via: Chouparan,
Hazaribag, Jharkhand