Year Established: 2006

Fields of work Maternal/Child Health
UK Partner Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Developing Country Partner Jan Swasthya Sahyog
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JANNHS short for Jan Swasthya Sahyog – NHS in Yorkshire Link was set up in 2006, between Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) an NGO in Chhattisgargh India and soon extended to include the NHS in Yorkshire (though still based at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust) and Jan Chetna Manch Bokaro (JCMB) an NGO in Jharkhand India

JSS Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) is a voluntary, non-profit, registered society founded by a group of high achieving doctors from the most pretigious medical colleges in India and who had already achieved eminent specialist positions in medicine and surgery. They were committed to developing a low-cost and effective health program that provides both preventive and curative services in the tribal and rural areas of Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh state in central India. You can read more about them on their website at and see them as they appeared on Indian television in a two part you tube at and

In a submission to THET in 2008,  Dr Anurag Bhargava  of JSS described “ the main vision of this link is a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, experience, and perspectives between the two institutions-  Jan Swasthya Sahyog and NHS in Yorkshire- which  are both engaged in delivery of primary and secondary healthcare, in different geographic settings, with the common concerns for equity, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.”  There were a number of visits by NHS staff to JSS and a horizontal autoclave was purchased through seed-corn funding from THET for the operating theatre at JSS

At the beginning of the Link with JSS during a visit to JSS by two of the Yorkshire instigators of the ‘Link’, quite fortuitously a two day dialogue had been organised by JSS and was held in Ganiyari the village in Chhattisgargh where JSS have their base on the subject of  ’Hunger and Health’. This meeting was attended by about 60 delegates from diverse professions across India, including economists agriculturalists ecologists politicians as well as doctors. Two of the delegates present were Lindsay Barnes and her husband Ranjan Ghosh from Jharkhand. These two had also set up an NGO Jan Chetna Manch Bokaro (JCMB) based in the village of Chamrabad near Bokaro in Jharkhand. The two main strands of involvement by this NGO were micro-credit and Lindsay had set up a women’s health centre including antenatal care and normal delivery for poor women who had no access to health care. Particularly remarkable was that Lindsay did not have any medical or nursing background. Despite this the JSS doctors who knew Lindsay, had the highest regard for her work and asked that we in Yorkshire focus our efforts especially on support for Lindsay’s work

Since then Lindsay has visited Yorkshire and given talks there in 2007 and 2009. A number of visits have been made by Yorkshire NHS staff, including a working visit by a consultant anaesthetist to help in launching Lindsay’s newly built operating theatre. Our Link has facilitated a meeting between the International Officer of the Royal College of Physicians who has continued to support Lindsay since he became President of the College. His support has been very significant for JCMB and resulted in major support from local obstetricians in Jharkhand and Kolkata

Recently the ‘Link’ has had the cooperation of Mid Yorkshire Trust in being allowed to encourage payroll giving  to support Lindsay’s work. Lindsay would like to be able to offer a 24/7  emergency caesarian section. It is our objective to help her to achieve this. We are aware in Yorkshire of the outstanding work done by JSS and JCMB and we wish to strengthen our ‘Link’ to increase our exposure in Yorkshire to these inspirational pioneers

Link Requests

donations, training visits by arrangement

Contact Details

Dr Michael Galvin
Retired consultant Haematologist

89 Pontefract Road
High Ackworth

Tel: 01977797151








Dr Raman Kataria
Surgeon at JSS

Ganiyari Village & P.O. - 495112
Bilaspur District

Tel: +91-7753-244819

Additional Information

Lindsay Barnes
Jan Chetna Manch Bokaro