Helping Hands

The Duncan Hospital Charitable Trust was set up to help fund staff and patients at The Duncan Hospital in Bihar, India

Welcome to The Duncan Hospital Charitable Trust

Who are we and what do we do?

 
Based in Bihar in India on the border with Nepal, The Duncan Hospital is the only medical facility in the region. It provides medical care for five million Nepalese and six million Indians but receives no funds from central government. Originally founded in 1930 by Cecil Duncan, an Edinburgh GP, the Duncan came to Professor Mackay’s attention through Drs Matt and Joanna Peacock, who spent 10 years working at this medical outpost. The Peacocks were great friends of Professor Mackay’s mother and over the years shared their stories from the Duncan, becoming increasingly concerned as the hospital's infrastructure was falling  into a state of disrepair. Professor Mackay and his wife Jackie were so moved by the desperate situation at the hospital that they decided to commit to completing the unfinished Mother and Child Block before moving on to focus on other areas of need within the hospital. Following a visit to The Duncan for the opening of the new Mother and Child Block the Mackays joined forces with Graham Watson and his wife Karen to form The Duncan Hospital Charitable Trust. Since 2010 the Mackay and Watson families have visited regularly forming lasting friendships with the committed and inspiring staff.

Welcome to The Duncan Hospital Charitable Trust

Who are we and what do we do?

 
Based in Bihar in India on the border with Nepal, The Duncan Hospital is the only medical facility in the region. It provides medical care for five million Nepalese and six million Indians but receives no funds from central government. Originally founded in 1930 by Cecil Duncan, an Edinburgh GP, the Duncan came to Professor Mackay’s attention through Drs Matt and Joanna Peacock, who spent 10 years working at this medical outpost. The Peacocks were great friends of Professor Mackay’s mother and over the years shared their stories from the Duncan, becoming increasingly concerned as the hospital's infrastructure was falling  into a state of disrepair. Professor Mackay and his wife Jackie were so moved by the desperate situation at the hospital that they decided to commit to completing the unfinished Mother and Child Block before moving on to focus on other areas of need within the hospital. Following a visit to The Duncan for the opening of the new Mother and Child Block the Mackays joined forces with Graham Watson and his wife Karen to form The Duncan Hospital Charitable Trust. Since 2010 the Mackay and Watson families have visited regularly forming lasting friendships with the committed and inspiring staff.

Helping The Duncan during Corona Crisis

Coronvirus has hit India hard. When a lockdown was introduced at the start of the crisis people were only given four hours notice - leaving hundreds of million of the poorest migrant workers stranded. The Duncan Hospital prepared as best it could to help and currently is feeding up to 5000 local people a week from vital hospital funds. If you would like to donate to help resource the funds to enable The Duncan to keep helping these desperatly in need families thankyou

See more of our work

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100%

of funds go to The Duncan

125,000+

Outpatients treated per annum

7

new buildings funded

LIGHTING UP TO SAVE YOUNG LIVES!

Phototherapy units are vitally important when it comes to saving the lives of babies at The Duncan. India has the highest rate of pre-term baby deaths in the world but most of these can be prevented. Life saving baby equipment such as phototherapy machines, infant warmers and o2 machines can help. If you would like to help us in our fundraising efforts to provide more of this equipment then all donations are welcome.

Meet some of the staff at The Duncan

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