Nepal: Free Health Camps
4 Free Health Camps Conducted: Q2 2018
August 29, 2018
Summary of Activities
In collaboration with various government, non-government and local volunteer organizations, RMF conducted 4 free health camps from April to June of 2018. A total of 1,484 patients benefited directly from the camps. 66 medical volunteers, including specialists, provided medical services at the camps.
Free Health Camp
On April 8, 2018, in collaboration with Siyari Municipality, RMF conducted a free health camp in Madhuban, Siyari Municipality, Rupandehi District. The municipality took overall responsibility for the camp, while RMF contributed medicine and food for the health workers. A total of 131 patients benefited from the camp. 2 medical doctors and 7 paramedical health workers provided services at the camp.
Free Health Camp
On May 18–19, 2018, in collaboration with Save the Heart, Kathmandu, Folk Nepal, and Upakar Society Nepal, a free health camp was organized in Gamnangtar, Likhu Municipality, Okhaldhunga District. This camp focused on general health, but it also included a special facility for heart disease where echocardiograms and electrocardiogram (ECG) services were provided. The heart health station was included due to an agreement between Save the Heart and Manamohan Cardiac Center. 29 volunteer medical workers, including specialists, medical officers, nurses, paramedics, and assistants, served at this health camp.
A total of 945 patients (594 women and 351 men) benefited from the camp, and 221 echocardiograms and 605 ECGs were done. As a result of these heart health screenings, 14 patients were referred to Manamohan Cardiac Center for surgery.
Free Women’s Health Camp
On June 9, 2018, the third free health camp of this quarter was conducted in Belbhariya, Kanchan Rural Municipality, Rupandehi District. This camp was conducted in collaboration with Kanchan Rural Municipality.
This health camp was organized especially for women, and a total of 214 patients received health checkups and/or medicines. 13 medical volunteers, including 1 consultant gynecologist, 3 gynecologists, 3 medical officers, 4 paramedical workers, and 2 nurses, served at the camp.
At the camp’s closing ceremony, the mayor of Kanchan Rural Municipality expressed appreciation for RMF’s support and gave a token of gratitude to RMF’s program manager.
Free Dental Camp
From June 30, 2018 to July 2, 2018, RMF supported a free dental camp in three health posts of Sindhupalchok district: Chautara-5, Thulo Sirubari-13, and Sangachowk-12. 15 volunteer health workers, including 2 dental surgeons, provided their services. There is no regular dental service in the district, and more than 500 patients benefited from the services. The dental camp was conducted in coordination with the Chautara Sangachowk Gadhi municipality and Nepal Dental Science Hygienist Association. The first day of the dental camp was covered by the Lokpriya Samachar National Daily newspaper.
Making the News
Dental Camp in Local Publication
The first day of the dental camp was covered by the Lokpriya Samachar National Daily newspaper.
Publication: Lokpriya Samachar National Daily
Date: July 1, 2018
Free Health Camps
Variety of Services Provided
Each free health camp is tailored to meet the community’s specific needs, and in addition to free check-ups and health education, medication, contraceptives, or dental hygiene supplies are provided as appropriate. Depending on the communities’ needs, services offered during these health camps may include:
- General medicine
- Eye exams
- ENT (ear, nose, and throat)
83.4% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas, and more than 25% live below the poverty line (2016). Adequate healthcare services are not easily accessible to millions of Nepalese. There is 1 doctor for every 100,000 people in rural areas of Nepal, compared to 1 doctor for every 850 people in the urban Kathmandu valley. Specialized medical treatment is only available at hospitals in urban areas, and many rural government health facilities lack basic equipment, some have been closed for years due to lack of staff.
Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) Nepal, in collaboration with our local partners, sponsors free health camps in rural and disaster affected regions of Nepal. We sponsor 1–3 health camps each month, prioritizing communities who remain in temporary housing after the 2015 earthquake or those newly affected by natural disasters.
- To provide free medical care to people from underserved and disaster affected communities in Nepal
- To build a network of partners throughout Nepal, strengthening local ties and disaster preparedness