January 17, 2016
2016 has brought a lot of changes to Jeevan Sahara Kendra – and one of the biggest one is that as of January 2016 we are operating out of the Bethany Hospital!
Jeevan Sahara Kendra is committed to providing the same high quality of home-based HIV care in the Thane urban area and some of the surrounding suburbs, but will be working out of the JSK office situated in the upper basement of the Bethany Hospital.
We are also continuing our Integrated Testing and Counselling services for HIV counselling and free HIV blood testing. Please call Mr. Giri Nayak for appointments during the week. There is also we weekly counselling time from 1 PM – 5.30 PM every Friday afternoon – which will be held at the Jeevan Sahara Kendra office at Bethany Hospital.
The monthly Positive Friends support group meeting will continue on the last Wednesday of the month from 3 PM – 5.30 PM. Please note that it will be held as before in the old Lok Hospital Building – not at our new office in Bethany Hospital!
Please note the new JSK office telephone numbers: 022-2172 5156 and 022-2172 5256.
(Do note that the staff mobiles will not work when they are in the office since the reception is poor).
We look forward to keep serving all of you!
December 1, 2012
Today is just another day.
In India about 2,400,000 people will awake and go about their daily chores. The thing that sets them apart from their fellow countrymen is that their bodies have the HIV virus in them.
Many of these 2.4 million do not know that they have the disease. Without doing an HIV blood-test there is know way we can tell a person has HIV. Many do not think they are at risk – and some who know that they may have HIV are too scared to test. But only if we test for HIV can we start treatment.
Testing is key. Today the Jeevan Sahara Kendra is conducting an HIV awareness and testing camp at the Gandhinagar Primary Health centre in Thane. As I write we already have counselled and tested 50 people – many of them TB patients who come 3 times a week for their medications from this govt. health post.
We want more people to be tested. Testing means that I am willing to find out the truth about my status. That I am concerned about who I am and how my actions will affect others. Getting an HIV negative report is wonderful news – and will help me change risky behaviours since I have a huge incentive to stay HIV negative. If I find myself HIV positive – then now is the time to start treatment – so that I *can* live long.
On this World AIDS Day we salute those with the courage to know the truth. The Bible tells us that ‘truth will set you free.’ We know this is true.
We also salute all those who are helping people with HIV. Through our work we know of many unsung heroes who are doing what they can. In the govt. sector we salute the doctors and public health nurses who meet people with HIV and help them with ART and TB treatments.
We salute the name-less volunteers from local churches who go and visit people with HIV in their homes – and who welcome their ‘Positive Friends’ into their homes too. We salute all those who quietly help financially when widows struggle to pay room-rents, and who bring food for people with HIV who are destitute.
We salute our Positive Friends themselves. What a thrill it is for us at Jeevan Sahara to hear each month the stories that People living with HIV/AIDS tell during the support group meeting. We salute ladies like Kavita who are bold and telling their tale to others. We are so proud that tomorrow – during Mumbai AIDS Sunday 7 of our HIV Positive Friends will be telling their stories in different churches – and challenging people to love and care as God does.
Today is an ordinary day. Full of extra-ordinary people. We salute you all and are so privileged to work together with you!
Some know but are trying to avoid addressing it.
September 17, 2011
A few weeks ago we suddenly realised something:
We as the Jeevan Sahara Kendra family have already entered our 10th year of service.
We feel that it is time to celebrate!
Time to thank God for His mercy in using us over these years.
Time to recognise our partners and supporters and all our friends who have made this 10th year of service possible.
Time to look forward to the next steps…
We would like to invite all our friends and well-wishers to a special time of celebration and rededication of the JSK Community Care Centre!
Please join us on Friday the 23rd of September at 7 PM (sharp) at the Jeevan Sahara Kendra Community Care Centre.
See you there!
June 20, 2011
We are thrilled to announce that the Jeevan Sahara Kendra is now operating out of our new Community Care Centre in the Lok Hospital Building.
Here is a sneek peek at some of the facilities available now:
Welcoming smiles at the main reception counter.
The main doctor’s consulting room:
The Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre where we conduct HIV testing:
Our inpatient unit now has 4 beds – and we are upgrading the facilities to become at 10 bedded service centre for people with HIV/AIDS who need hospitalisation:
And finally – the most important part of our new centre – our staff – here the Home Based Care team discuss their morning home-visits to people who have HIV and are living in Thane.
June 9, 2011
After a long wait, we are finally moving!
From tomorrow morning, the Jeevan Sahara Kendra will operate out of the Lok Hospital building.
We are moving our clinic over this afternoon.
Its an exciting time. We see many new opportunities opening up for us.
March 12, 2011
We have a pretty amazing set of people working with us at Jeevan Sahara Kendra.
We did not realise we have a champion power-lifter in our midst. Last weekend Santosh Sable – one of our family case managers – participated in the “Mayor’s Cup” lifting competition organised by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
Competing in the 60 kg category (he weighed in at 59.25) Santosh managed to lift 82.5 kgs in the bench press, 170 kgs in the squat and 215 kgs in dead lift. This comes to a grand total of 467.5 kgs – almost half a ton!
That almost-half-ton was enough to get Santhosh first place in his division! Hooray! We are thrilled with Santosh – who has been with us since December 2010. We knew that Santosh visited the gym regularly – but little did we know that we have a city-wide champion in our midst!