Association of Medical Women in India
Date of Foundation: 1907
The Association of Medical Women in India, registered in 1907, was the first such organization in the world. It’s mission has been and continues to be, to provide service to women and children, especially the poor. The AMWI Mission Hospital in Calcutta is unique in that it is run entirely by the efforts of the women doctors of AMWI (West Bengal Branch). Today there are 50 beds that serve women and children. Fees are waived or minimal. The poor are not turned away. Physicians donate their time, and many are on caIl 24/7. As is true of much of Calcutta, the hospital is a mix of religions. The current facility is leased from the Baptist Church at a nominal fee. Most of the physicians are Hindu. Most of the patients are Christian and Muslim. Because the hospital’s physicians ~are all women, it draws a large Muslim population. The nursing staff is as committed as the physicians. A growing training program provides education and opportunities for young women who want to become nurses.