Ekta Niketan

a TB Centre with a difference!

Why is Ekta Niketan different?

The centre is right in the middle of a village, a mud house like other houses in the village but equipped with facilities to diagnose and treat TB. More importantly Ekta Niketan is managed by a group of trained villagers having the same social, ethnic and economic status as the TB patients they care for. A trained doctor helps with diagnosis, either by being at the centre or from distance - but that is only when it is necessary.
Health workers are experienced to diagnose tuberculosis, conduct sputum microscopy, and can calculate the dosage to dispense anti-TB medicines. But at the same time, health workers travel to villages if TB patients do not turn up to collect medicines.




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Our History

Ekta Niketan was set up in 1983 by Janet Ganguli, a British nurse, who lived and worked in a remote tribal village in India. She trained village health workers and set up a health centre which is now Ekta Niketan, a popular TB centre in the area.

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Ekta Niketan is a popular TB centre in a remote village in Jharkhand, india. The spread of tuberculosis in the area is alarmingly high. People in surrounding villages are poor and undernourished - they have little access to healthcare and other services. Ekta Niketan works closely with neglected communities - cured TB patients play a significant role to control the spread of the disease in the area. Ekta Niketan is a learning centre for TB and Poverty.


In 'Under an Indian Sky - ten years in a Bihar village', Janet Ganguli describes life in villages around Ekta Niketan.

A Penguin publication, the book is now out of print. For excerpts, click the image of the book. For an e-version of the book, please contact us.


Our Team


Covid & Hunger (Hindi).

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Covid & Care

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Ekta Niketan Memorial

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Covid & Hunger (Santali)

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