The National Lutheran Health and Medical Board (NLHMB) is the health and medical wing of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India.
The United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India is a Communion of eleven member churches spread out in many parts of the country, with membership of approximately 1.5 to 2 million. Each member church has its own unique cultural and historical context, with different mission histories. The Communion was founded in 1926 as a Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in India and went through a metamorphosis and now is known as the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India.
The National Lutheran Health and Medical Board is a registered trust engaged in Health care, Education, Community development and disaster management. The NLHMB works through its institutions and partners which are many and all over the country. It was established in 1986 and since 2002 it has been a registered Trust.
A major activity of NLHMB is the HIV/AIDS awareness, care interventions and rehabilitation programs. Another role is to conduct training programs and workshops for health care providers.
The Martin luther Christian University in Meghalaya and the Lutheran University in Chhattisgarh, are its two new bodies through which it plans several educational and vocational programs aimed to benefit the weaker sections of the society particularly the Dalits and the Tribals.
Education and Health Care being important blocks of development, the project aims to correct these two deficiencies in the chosen areas of our activity. The State of Meghalaya and the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh will be fields of our intensive activity, chosen for their backwardness and high tribal population. The health care, education and training programs will empower individuals and communities into an action focused process that supports the enhancement of sustainable development in and around the complexities of poor health, poverty and equity. According to Amartya Sen “The perspective of human capability focuses on ability-the substantive freedom of people to lead the lives they have reason to value and to enhance the real choices they have.”
Higher Education and development of skills and entrepreneurship will enhance the capability of the people and this will be the focus of the institutions under this project.
The health care projects will aim at introducing innovative educational programs to develop rural oriented health practitioners and health workers taking management of health care to the people so that the organization of their health care will be in their control. This being the philosophy of the National Rural Health Mission it will synergize with the plans of the Government.
National Lutheran Health and Medical Board has been active in the HIV/ AIDS and Disaster management for over a decade with considerable specialization in this field. These activities will be developed further to reach out to a larger number of people.