Current projects

The hospital is currently involved in two metacentric projects:
1. National Surveillance of Enteric Fever in India: Tier 2 in collaboration with Christian Medical College, Vellore
2. Maternal and Perinatal Health Research collaboration, India (MaatHRI): improving outcomes in pregnant women with anaemia

Publications based on work in Makunda

1. News from the Training Institute of Global Health and Tropical Medicine - pages 18 and 19, Bulletin of the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Number 1, March 2017, Volume 55

2. Closing the Gap – Using Global Health Doctors” – a short chapter in the Book, “Into the World” published by OIGT and KIT, Netherlands. Read here.

3. Massive abdominal tumor – more than a medical problem” in Current Medical Issues 2017;15-249-51. Read here

4. A Privileged Call to Medical Missions” – a chapter in the Book, “On the Wings of Dawn” – published by Evangelical Medical Fellowship of India. Read here.

5. Suspected thiamine deficiency presenting as peripheral neuropathy among peri partum women in a hospital in rural Assam: A neglected public health problem” – published by CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research. Read here.


An article titled, “Management and outcome of the congenital Anomalies in Low, Middle and High Income countries: A Multicentre, International Perspective Cohort Study” awaits its starting.


The hospital has identified relevant research questions of interest that will aid in ensuring that clinical entities seen in patient populations in Makunda with significant morbidity and mortality are systematically studied. The hospital has formed a research and ethics committee to frame the research policy of the hospital, create work flows for proposals and to monitor and disseminate results of research projects

Publications so far:

1. Sighting of Purple-throated-, or Van Hasselt’s Sunbird Leptocoma sperata brasiliana in Karimganj District, Assam, with notes on its status in India – in Indian Birds Read here

2. Mating of the Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) – in BES Study Group Read here

3. Forest ghost moth fauna of northeastern India (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae: Endoclita, Palpifer, and Hepialiscus) – in Journal of Threatened Taxa Read here

4. Report of Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) and Platythomisus sudeepi Biswas, 1977 from India (Araneae, Thomisidae) – in Biodiversity Data Journal Read here

5. Illustrated redescription of two large coreid bugs from Assam including Schroederia feana (Distant, 1902) as the first record for India (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Coreidae, Coerinae, Mictini)” - in the journal, Entomon Read here

5. News from the Training Institute of Global Health and Tropical Medicine - pages 18 and 19, Bulletin of the Netherlands Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health, Number 1, March 2017, Volume 55. Read here.

Obeying a call to Medical Missions

In 1982, as a second year under-graduate medical student at the Kilpauk Medical College in Madras (1), I made a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ. I started a Bible Study group in college and we discussed how to live the Christian life and make decisions that were approved in God’s sight. We heard many messages on the topic, “Finding God’s Will” but many of us were not able to get a clear convincing personal answer to this burning question. Read More.

-- Dr. Vijay --

It has been a year since I left my work in Nav Jivan Hospital ( NJH), an EHA unit in Satbarwa, Jharkhand. Working in Jharkhand was an eye opener for me . I am thankful for the opportunity to experience first hand the ground realities of rural health care in North India. You can read about my initial observations in a write up titled “ 100 days in NJH ”.
Much has changed in my work over the past 1 year. I have moved on to rural Assam and am currently working as a consultant Physician in Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital, an EHA unit in Karimgang district of Assam. Read More.

-- Dr. Roshine --

I hope all of you are doing well. A small update from Ethiopia, where I am working in Gambo General Rural Hospital since three weeks. As the name says it is a rural hospital and -like makunda- it was started as a leprosy colony, with still a leprosy ward where up to 40 patients can stay. Read More.

-- Dr. Juul Bakker --

Sometimes, I feel a bit homesick for my period at Makunda. I am missing the craziness of India, the hardworking nurses with their angel voices on Sunday singing in the church and the fireflies in the rice fields nearby our house. It has been a while now and I hope everybody is doing fine. Read more.

-- Dr. Jessica Nomen --

Dear Makunda friends,
Hope you are doing well. Currently i'm working in South Sudan. After independence in 2011 a conflict started in 2013 between different (ethnic) groups. There is a food crisis and in some parts of the country a famine. This hospital was founded as a project for visceral leishmaniasis (infectious disease) but is now a general hospital in a remote area. Read More.

-- Dr. Judith Pekelharing --