The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) in Vellore, India
Vision Statement: The Christian Medical College, Vellore, seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research
The CMC was founded in 1900 by Ida Sophia Scudder, the daughter of North American medical missionaries. She was born in 1870 in south India. As a young girl she witnessed famine, poverty and death, and vowed that she would never follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a missionary.
She attended university in the USA and then returned to India. After getting her medical degree, she opened a single-bed dispensary in Vellore in 1900. She started a training program for nurses in 1909 and began training women physicians with the Union Mission Medical School for Women that opened in 1918.
For their centennial anniversary CMC built the Ida S. Scudder Centenary Center for Women and Children for which IPC contributed $25,000 to construct the Children’s Intensive Care Unit. This was the first to be built in India and continues to be an important part of the medical services of CMC Vellore today.
Our Mission of the month for January is to continue IPCs 50-year history of support to the CMC. The money we collect this year will be used to help fund a scholarship to provide training for a village nurse. Each trained nurse is committed to return to her home village so that she can provide the sorely needed health care in the most remote parts of India. An annual scholarship to provide such training is approximately €1000. It would be wonderful if we could provide enough to sponsor two such scholarships in honor of our 50 years of history with the CMC!
On behalf of the IPC Missions Team, thanks for helping us be a blessing in the world!