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Sai Ideal Healthcare in UK

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba constantly reminded mankind that the Divinity that is inherent in all manifests as universal and unconditional love. He practised this central teaching in His daily Life and through His ceaseless work in various fields, including the Healthcare, Educare and Sociocare fields. Various institutions, projects and activities resulted from His untiring and compassionate service that continue to benefit the lives of millions world over. His selfless work in the field of medicine demonstrates that the highest standards of care, delivered with love and compassion, could transform the hearts and lives of both the patients and professionals alike. Sai Ideal Healthcare, presented to the world, the principles of integrating spirituality and medicine and gave a model for unfolding the Global Mission of Sai through healthcare.

Inspired by our Master, the Sai Organisation of the UK has for many years been involved in healthcare activities both domestically and abroad. Healthcare professionals have organised Health Awareness Days, Blood Donation Clinics, raised awareness of Bone Marrow Donation and travelled abroad to conduct Medical Camps and participate in hospital rota programmes.

In 2011, the UK Sai Organisation held its first Sai Ideal Healthcare Conference, aptly themed "Experiencing Kinship through Healthcare". This landmark conference provided a platform to share experiences and expertise, raise awareness of the work undertaken by the Organisation, highlight future healthcare projects and most importantly deepen our understanding of the Sai Global Healthcare Mission and our role in it. It was considered important that a facilitative body comprising of healthcare professionals should be constituted to help, support, guide and streamline activities for the future.

Following from this, by Bhagawan’s Grace, the Sathya Sai Healthcare National Coordinating Committee UK was formed under the auspices of the National Service Wing of the UK Central Council. This committee has been working diligently towards providing a framework, so as to facilitate wider participation from both the health professionals and the non-medical volunteers in the service of our brothers and sisters. The committee has also been in consultation with various professionals, voluntary bodies and local governmental agencies, and is making steady progress in evolving qualitative guidance and support for the various healthcare projects undertaken under the sacred banner of SSSSO UK.

Within UK, members of the committee have participated in the Sathya Sai Health Awareness Days (SSHADs) in various regions and gained valuable insights. This learning and experience presented opportunities to evolve a standard proposal form and a set of guidelines which aim to provide help, support, and advice on a variety of topics, to all those wishing to organise and run an event in their region.

Invoking the blessings of our Lord, our objective is to encourage these SSHADs with a focus on prevention, a key principle of Sai Ideal Healthcare, while at the same time ensuring that we offer the highest standards of service in the name of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The SSHAD Proposal forms and practical guidance are now freely available via the National Website. They can be accessed by visiting the website http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk and clicking on the Service Wing Tab and then choose Health Awareness Days.

Anyone interested in organising a SSHAD, please email the completed Proposal Form to saihealthcare@srisathyasai.org.uk and the team will be in touch to assist you.

The Sathya Sai Health Awareness Day is just one of the exciting projects planned for the coming year. Many more healthcare activities, including Blood Donation Clinics, First Aid Training, Bone Marrow Transplant registers, International Medical Camps, International Hospital Rotas, Telemedicine, and Mobile clinics are on the anvil too.

To find out more about these projects and volunteer your participation in the Sai Healthcare Mission, we would be most honoured to welcome you to our 2nd Sai Ideal Heathcare Seminar – "Sai Ideal Healthcare through Sustained Partnerships". The seminar will take place on Sunday, 16th September 2012 in Hatfield, London. To secure your place, please register at http://www.srisathyasai.org.uk/national-programmes

Jai Sai Ram
Dr Kumaresan Pillay

On behalf of Sathya Sai Healthcare National Coordinating Committee UK