1. Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at Vellore, India
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CMCH is a 2500-bed tertiary care hospital in Vellore, India, that treats about 1.5 million outpatients and 150,000 inpatients annually. Their cardiothoracic center was the first in India to perform corrective surgery for VHD. To learn more about CMCH, visit their website.

2. Gudalur Adivasi Hospital (GAH) at Gudalur, India
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GAH is a 40-bed community hospital in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It serves the tribal populations in that area through an extensive community outreach program covering 1000 square-kilometers. GAH is run by two US-trained physicians, who train tribes as Village Health Workers to perform simple clinical examinations in their villages, including listening to the heart and chest with a stethoscope. Many of the villages are remote. To learn more about GAH, visit their website.

3.  Narayana Hrudalaya (NH) at Bangalore, India
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NH is a 1000-bed cardiothoracic specialty hospital in Bangalore, India. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, NH performed the largest number of pediatric cardiac surgeries in the world (2777 surgeries in 2008) with Harvard University’s Boston Childrens’ Hospital a distant second (1026 surgeries in 2008). To learn more about NH, visit their website.

4. Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CHRP) at Jamkhed, India
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CHRP has been working among the rural poor in Jamkhed, India. By partnering with village communities and expanding upon local knowledge and resources the project aims to effectively meet the immediate and long term needs of these groups, especially women.  Through mobilizing and building the capacity of communities, the project hopes to achieve for the indigents access to health care and freedom from poverty, hunger and violence. To learn more about the CHRP, visit their website.