RDT shocked by the tragic traffic accident that ended the life of four Spanish sponsors

From 1st to 6th August a group of thirteen donors and friends visited the Rural Development Trust (RDT) from Spain to witness the impact of the organization’s projects in Anantapur. After having an opportunity to meet the communities that they supported, the group was en route to enjoy some of South India’s unique historical and cultural highlights.

At four o’clock on Saturday, August 5th, the group left RDT’s facilities in a hired minibus to explore Pondicherry. At ten o’clock in the morning the minibus collided with a container truck in Madanapalle village in Chitoor district. Dr. Shoba, a resident of the nearby community and a long time friend of RDT, was among the first responders to the scene. She provided immediate assistance to the injured and contacted RDT staff. Upon news of the crash, a team of four doctors from RDT’s healthcare facilities were dispatched to provide assistance at the Colombia Asia Hospital in Bangalore. In addition to the medical team, RDT dispatched ambulances to transfer the deceased.

The Indian authorities responded quickly and the local police have begun an investigation. The Spanish Consul General in Mumbai travelled to Bangalore and continues to offer an outpouring of support.

Ángel Domínguez, Concepción Márquez, Immaculada Santiago, Rocío Chacón, María Dolores Bernal and Mari Paz González all suffered minor injuries and are now reunited with their families in Spain. Three individuals remain in India receiving care. One is in critical condition in the intensive care unit, another is now in observation, and the third is now preparing to return home.

Anne Ferrer, the Executive Director of RDT stated, “Our collaborators are part of the RDT family. We are doing everything in our hands to support and accompany the group in this difficult time. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones”.

All of us at RDT mourn the loss of Josefa Morán, Nieves López, Vicente Pérez, Francisco Pedrosa, and Sadiq Ali. RDT will continue to accompany the families of the victims and the survivors in this difficult time. Their commitment with Anantapur’s rural communities lives on in our hearts and in our projects.

Anna Ferrer inaugurating a Cricket match between RDT Cricket Academy boys and a visiting team from Newzealand

RDT Hospital, Bathalapalli

The following happenings took place recently for RDT Hospital, Bathalapalli:

  • Dr.Laura Sanchez, Dr.M.S.Kannan and Dr.Harish Handyal presented a paper titled, “Mortality Associated with Hair dye (SuperVasmol) poisoning: Experience from a intensive care unit in rural India.” at Congress of Indian Society of Critical Medicine and Asia-Pacific Congress of Critical Care Medicine in Jaipur.
  • Dr.Katumalla Sudheer Kumar, Surgeon presented paper titled, “Laproscopic Assisted Enteroscopy in the era of Video enteroscopy – A Definite Role” which was categorised as AWARD PAPER at 11th Biennial National Congress of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons in Chennai.
  • Dr.Jyothi Suchitra Mekala presented a paper titled, “Analysis of Near miss Obstetric cases in a tertiary level rural hospital in India during the year 2012” which was awarded 2nd Prize of Dr.Amarendra Nath Dan Prize of FOGSI at 57th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology of, The Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India in Patna.
  • National Board of Examinations has recognised Department of Anesthesia to train 2 postgraduate students every year starting from Jan’14 academic session. It joins the Department of General Surgery (2 seats) and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (4 seats) as teaching department.
  • Department of General and Minimal access surgery conducted a one day, Workshop and CME on Cancer Breast on 23rd March 2014. Renouned Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon Dr.P.Raghuram from Usha Lakshmi Breast Foundation, Hyderabad and Oncosurgeon and Specialist Breast Surgeon Dr.S.P.Somasekar from Manipal Hospital, Bangalore were the faculty and was well attended by Postgraduate students and faculty from 8 medical colleges and Teaching institutions and also by surgeons and gynaecologists from Anantapur.
  • An award has been given as a recognition of outstanding contribution to Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme 2013-2014 from CBCI – CARD, New Delhi in collaboration with Ministry of health.

New Pain and Palliative Care Unit in Bathalapalli Hospital

On 1st of June 2015 our ExDSC08361ecutive Director Sister Anne Ferrer has inaugurated the most needed and awaited Pain and Palliative Care Unit in RDT Hospital Bathalapalli, Ananthapuramu District, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is an initiative with 4 beds and a simple, comprehensive Pain and Palliative Care for those chronic patients where cure is not possible. There is an end for Cure but there is no end for care.

There are manPalliativeCarey patients who have reached the end stage of cancer treatment but who must be helped for the rest of the days to live without pain and suffering. There are also many patients with chronic pain for whom it is not possible to find a cure but who must be treated empathetically to live their life as freely as possible from pain and suffering.

Aims and Objectives:

Our aims is to relieve and prevent suffering holistically by treating pain and other distressing symptoms and by providing honest information as well as emotional, psycho social and spiritual support.

There is no intent to either hasten patients death or artificially lengthen the dying process.

Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It offers a support system to help the patient bond with the family during illness, to have a better quality of life and includes bereavement counselling, if indicated.

  1. Active total care applicable from the time when curative care is no longer possible in any life threatening chronic patients.
  2. Improving quality of life of the patient and his/her family facing serious life limiting distress.
  3. Awareness about the knowledge of the illness, course of the illness and out come
  4. Assessment and management of pain and other symptoms
  5. Nursing, Medication and would management
  6. Psycho social support for the patient and family
  7. Counselling
  8. Bereavement care
  9. Home care

Palliative2RDT Hospital Bathalapalli now has this small 4 bedded pain and palliative Care unit headed by Dr.S.M.Kannan and 4 nurses with one house keeping staff as a team.


Anne Ferrer, co-founder and executive director of RDT has been honoured with prestigious JAMNALAL National Award in recognition of her contribution towards the development of women and children in chronic drought prone Ananthapuram district of Andhra Pradesh.  A Citation, a Trophy and a sum of Rs.10,00,000 was presented to Anne Ferrer by Mr.Rajmohan, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation and a renowned biographer and journalist at the 38th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards ceremony held at JAMSHED BHABHA Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai on 1 December 2015.

Citation, a Trophy and a sum of INR 10,00,000


 Anne Award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children

 The award is given to the individuals who contribute towards the development of women and children on the grounds of education, employment and rehabilitation, medical care and legal aid, etc. – See more at:

Jamnalal Bajaj Award

RDT Wins Two awards at 11th Rural Technology Mela

Two of the stalls put up by Rural Development Trust (RDT) amongst the over 200 stalls at the “11th Rural Technology Mela” held in Hyderabad, won the stallholders top award on the closing day. DSC_0101The awards were given out by the National Institute of Rural Development, under whose aegis the Rural Technology Melas have been held for the past 11 years. The proud recipients were Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, and Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma who received the award for having the Best Stalls under Handicrafts criteria. They displayed a theme of unique Eco Friendly Handicraft products and their being differently abled persons receiving this award strengthened their position further in society.

Hyderabad Awards (8)The pair of Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, are Paper Mache Artisans of Sri Durga Mahila Vikalangula Sangham, while the other pair of Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma are Embroidery Artisans of Sri Jyothi Mahila Vikalangula Sangham belonging to Rural Development Trust at Ananthapuramu. The products displayed at the stalls put up by RDT had displayed a whole variety of products made of eco friendly products out of jute, paper, arecanut sheath fiber etc. Products with natural dying were highlighted and products were made with areca nut sheath were really appreciated.

Hyderabad Awards (14)According to Ms.Safia, Assistant Director, RDT, “To have won these awards is testimony to what can be done when one puts one’s mind and soul into the effort. All four of these people did just that and proved what they are capable of. Of course, this puts a major obstacle in our path – we must do better than even these fantastic stalls next year!”.

There were over 200 stalls displaying rural technologies and products from all over the country. PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY (2)A large number of technology developers, technology users, technology institutions, Universities, scientific and research organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Departments, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Artisans / Craftmen from across the country took part in the Mela. The states represented at the Mela were Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The rural technologies/products displayed this time included handicrafts, handlooms, khadi and village industries products, herbal, medicinal and aromatic products, wood carvings, and other handicrafts, etc.

PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY (1)The unique features of the Mela included the display of innovative technologies, products of successful entrepreneurs of RTP, live demonstration of different rural technologies and the promotion of various rural products. A series of variety and colorful cultural programmes included traditional folk arts, musical night, short plays and dramas by tribal communities, school children and famous artists.