Our pure and selfless objective is to assist in relieving sickness and financial hardship, in regions of need worldwide, through the provision of medical equipment, medicines and related services.
Its dedicated aim is to provide artificial heart valves for the Sri Sathya Sai Institutes of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi and Whitefield . Since formation it has also extended its assistance to the Sri Sathya Sai Hospital in Rajkot.
The concept of Heart Valve Bank (HVB) was presented on 23rd November 2002 and it was formally established just a month later on 28th December 2002 under a charitable trust deed.
The original stated objectives were "to provide funds to meet the requirements of mechanical heart valves for patients at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi and at Whitefield near Bangalore in India. In addition provisions were made to fulfill the needs of any other hospitals established by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in future".
The sole inspiration for the altruistic activities of Heart Valve Bank is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011)
Baba was a personification of simplicity and self-negation. His life has been a testament of dedication to the well being of others. Throughout his life, he exhibited only a stream of pure and selfless love, a legacy that he has bequeathed to humanity.
Heart Valve Bank’s aims and objectives were formed after consideration of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s fundamental statement that free healthcare... "is an inalienable right of every individual, irrespective of race, religion, caste, creed or economic status". Furthermore, He said that "Ideal healthcare should encompass disease prevention and provide education for patients and physicians alike." (Sathya Sai Global Health Mission, 2009 Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation, p. 7)
The United Nation’s specialised agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), established in 1948, in its objective stated, among others, that "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition." (Constitution of the World Health Organisation)
Thus, the international community at large also regards health as the fundamental rights for peoples of the world.
It was, therefore, not surprising that Sri Sathya Sai Baba established two General Hospitals, one in Puttaparthi in 1954 and the other in Whitefield in 1956. In addition he established two Super Specialty Hospitals one in Puttaparthi in 1991 and the other in Whitefield in 2001. In all of these hospitals the treatment is provided totally free of cost to all, rich or poor. The hospital doors are open without any discrimination of cast, colour or creed. (For further details see Annual Report, 2011-2012 and www.srisathyasai.org)
Heart Valve Bank (HVB)
The above ideals inspired individuals in the UK to establish the Heart Valve Bank (HVB) initially in London (see the History of HVB). It is the only Bank of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Heart Valve Bank's Objectives
- Its primary aim is to provide artificial heart valves for the Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals in Puttaparthi, Whitefield and Rajkot and elsewhere in India as well as a number of developing countries.
- To save lives by bringing free health care to the poor without any discrimination of caste, colour or creed and to provide this assistance globally.
- To assist in relieving sickness and financial hardship, in regions of need worldwide by providing medical equipment, medicines and related services.
- To expand by establishing more branches in United Kingdom and in other countries.
Malawi Medical Camp - 2009
The concept of Heart Valve Bank (HVB) was presented on 23rd November 2002 and it was formally established just a month later on 28th December 2002 under a charitable trust deed. The original stated objectives were "to provide funds to meet the requirements of mechanical heart valves for patients at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi and at Whitefield near Bangalore in India. In addition provisions were made to fulfill the needs of any other hospitals established by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in future".
The expansion of HVB was very rapid and it became apparent that there were other disease areas affecting the deprived populations being served by HVB which needed attention and which could not be ignored. These were, for example, leprosy, malaria and TB. It was therefore decided to formally register HVB with the Charities Commissioners on 17th June 2003 and the objectives were widened to cover relief of sickness and financial hardship, in regions of need worldwide, through the provision of medical equipment, medicines and related services.
Following are the key milestones in the history of HVB:
- 2003 - The first medical and dental camp was conducted in August 2003. The team of doctors, nurses and medical assistants worked tirelessly to treat over 600 patients. Annual participation in Gram Seva (see projects section) commenced.
- 2004 - A second medical camp was conducted in July 2004 and treated over 2,700 patients. Free medication was also provided.
- 2005 - Carewell Medical Centre inaugurated in Nigeria for leprosy, malaria and TB. This was then taken over at local level.
- 2006 - HVB arranged a patient from Africa suffering from a very complicated heart valve failure to obtain treatment at the Sri Sathya Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Bangalore.
- 2007 - A program of "Love in Action" was launched to entertain and uplift the spirits of residents at care homes and similar organisations in United Kingdom. The first visit was top New Wycliffe Home for blind in Leicester.
- 2009 - Assistance was extended to Ethandewi Sai Children’s home in Zimbabwe and a medical camp in Malawi.
- 2010 - A primary health care clinic was inaugurated in Potapalli a small village in India.
The assistance from Her Majesty’s government through gift aid contributions is very much appreciated as this has continued to assist the charity to expand in areas of medical need worldwide
The sole inspiration for the altruistic activities of Heart Valve Bank is Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011).
The founder of one of the largest socio-spiritual movements in the world, Baba has inspired millions to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement. Today, Baba’s ashram in Prashanti Nilayam situated in the village of His birth has emerged as a spiritual beacon of our times. Everyday, thousands of men and women from every continent, country, state, region, nationality, religion and culture arrive there to pay homage to the Master whose life, message and generosity has moved them to seek personal growth and transformation.
Among its multifarious initiatives, the Sai movement engages in integrated rural service, medical camps, disaster relief, education and spiritual activities. The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust operates two Super Specialty Hospitals, a four campus University described by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as a crest jewel of the Indian University Education System and an extensive schools system from kindergarten to university. All services provided by the Trust including education and tertiary medical care are offered totally free of cost and are open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, religion or station in life.
Baba’s teachings of universal love and acceptance have found their way into millions of hearts in India and abroad. That His teachings transcend all boundaries of race, religion or region is what appeals the most to His followers, whom He urges to embrace social responsibility as a way of life and seek the oneness underlying all diversity. With millions of followers, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has emerged as the universal teacher and humanitarian whose gospel of unconditional love expressed through selfless service, has inspired thousands of voluntary initiatives worldwide. At the heart of this unparalleled spiritual activism is the vision offered by Baba who has single-handedly reformed and revitalised the system of education, steering it towards a value- based model, redefined universal healthcare and harmonised spirituality with social service.
His life and message are so potent that socially responsible people of diverse professions, men and women of the highest academic calibre and from all ethnic backgrounds have looked up to Him as their guide to make a shift in priorities, as have the poorest and the unlettered and everyone else in between. His boundless love, international reach and unprecedented achievements compel many to question who He really is.
Elucidating on His mission, He has declared, "This Sai has come in order to achieve the supreme task of uniting humanity as one family through the bond of brotherhood, of affirming and illuminating the cosmic reality of each being, to reveal the Divine as the basis on which the entire cosmos rests, and of instructing all to recognise the common Divine heritage that binds person to person, so that humans can rise up to the Divine, which is the goal."
His formula for leading a meaningful life is the five-fold path of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-Violence. Love for God, fear of wrongdoing and morality in society are His prescriptions for healing our world.
An inexhaustible reservoir of pure love, His numerous service projects stand testimony to His compassion. True to His declaration, ‘My Life is My Message’, He prescribes seeking salvation through selfless service, for He says, "Service to Man is Service to God".
In the current environment of greed, corruption, violence and terrorism, millions look up to Baba as their role model for living a purpose-driven life — a life of harmony with oneself, every being and especially Mother Earth. Pure Love personified, very rarely does such a presence grace our planet and lead us by example towards expressing and achieving our innate sacredness.