Welcome to MMAP

Welcome to the official Manali Medical Aid Project website!

Find out more about our project by navigating though the tabs above.

Stay updated with our fundraising events through our Facebook page, or donate to our cause through our GoFundMe page!

The MMAP Committee would like to thank you for your ongoing support for our project!

About MMAP

The Manali Medical Aid Project (MMAP) is a charitable initiative founded in 2007 by two University of Queensland medical students – James English and Juergen Landmann.

Since then, MMAP selects 4 first year medical students annually to form the Management Committee, who is responsible for coordinating fundraising events and raising awareness for the project before completing their first year medical elective at the Lady Willingdon Hospital.

MMAP aims to contribute back to the Lady Willingdon Hospital by providing financial support and medical equipments through community fundraising in Brisbane.

All proceeds raised by the students goes directly to the Lady Willingdon Hospital. Medical students involved in this project take independent financial responsibility for both administrative tasks and travel arrangements to Manali, ensuring that all donations directly benefit the Lady Willingdon Hospital and the Manali community.

MMAP Contributions

From its inception, the direction for MMAP has been led by UQ medical students and in close collaboration with the health community in Manali. Each year, the project committee ensures that fundraising efforts are  targeted to a specific area of need, identified by the community and health leaders.

Ongoing and Past Contributions:

The Poor Patient Fund: Provides pro-bono treatment to patients who cannot afford the cost of treatment. The expense of their treatment is covered by the Poor Patient Fund, which requires support from MMAP because of the sheer demand placed on the hospital’s services.

MDR Tuberculosis Fund: Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis is an ever increasing concern in Himachal Pradesh, but is still beyond the reach of many patients. The hospital provides the medicine for these patients from a fund supported by MMAP, which needs to grow in order to ensure that all sufferers receive treatment.

Orphanage Health Care: The Dar Ul Fazal Orphanage houses 75 children and all of their health needs including check-ups, medicine, preventative and curative care are provided by Lady Willingdon Hospital with no cost to the children or the orphanage. LWH needs support though organisations like MMAP to continue this service.

Health Worker Funding: Health workers are trained village women who tend to the basic health needs of families allocated to them. The project was commenced three years ago after finding that 40% of the region’s children had stunted growth. One of the roles of the health workers is to monitor and treat malnourishment and other major underlying causes of community morbidity and mortality. We wish to continue supporting this program by contributing to health worker stipends.

Purchased the first Ventilated Ambulance in Himachal Pradesh in 2009, significantly reducing time and morbidity associated with transporting critically-ill patient.

Purchased a Cardiotocograph Machine in 2014, for recording of foetal heartbeat and uterine contractions during pregnancy.

Purchased a Surgical Tourniquet in 2015,  to allows surgical procedures to be performed with improved precision, safety and speed.

Purchase a Dental X-Ray and a new Hospital Vehicle equipped with utilities in 2016.

About the Lady Willingdon Hospital

The Lady Willingdon Hospital is a charitable institution based in Manali, Himachal Pradesh serving the people of Kullu Valley and the surrounding regions (pop. 472,000). The hospital provides 24-hour primary and secondary medical and surgical care distributed across three small buildings. There are about 55 beds and approximately 95 staff members, including 8 doctors. The work at the hospital is seasonal, with months from April to December being the busiest. Staff annually manage 40,000 outpatient casesadmit 3,000 cases, and perform 700 major surgeries.


Community and Public Health

In addition to providing primary healthcare delivery, the Lady Willingdon Hospital works to improve the health of the Manali community through engagement activities that extend beyond the hospital grounds.

These special programs include health and surgery clinics to remote villages; vaccination, health education, nutritional assessment, and medication for orphans and thousands of school children; and training programs for health workers to monitor and promote community health.

At the Lady Willingdon Hospital, no patients are turned away due to insufficient financial resources, caste, religion, age, or sex.

Patients who can afford to pay help to subsidise those who cannot. While there are many patients with adequate resources, there remains a need for additional funds for ongoing expenses and capital investment. The hospital relies on the support of local and international donors to allow for its programming to continue.

Community Networks

The influence of the Lady Willingdon Hospital spreads into the community and aims to create a holistic health model. Community programs keep people healthy, engage people in service delivery, and provide more accessible options for people to access primary care.

For more information on the Lady Willingdon Hospital, visit their website and blog.