Nepal: Free Health Camps
553 Patients Receive Care: Q4 2018
January 29, 2019
Summary of Activities
In collaboration with various government, non-government and local volunteer organizations, RMF Nepal conducted 2 free dental health camps from October to December of 2018. The first camp was conducted in the village of Bhalukhop, Ramechhap municipality-7, Ramechhap District, and the second camp was conducted in Kharkatta, Madi municipality-9, Chitwan District.
23 medical volunteers, including 13 dental surgeons, were involved in the camps. A total of 553 patients received free dental checkups and/or medicines. 119 of these patients received tooth extractions and 64 received dental fillings. 275 patients attended an education session on proper brushing techniques, and these students received free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Shree Patana Devi Secondary School, Bhalukhop
In collaboration with Nepal Dental Association and Travel Dentistry Nepal, a free dental camp was conducted at Shree Patna Devi Secondary School in Bhalukhop, Ramechhap municipality, Ramechhap District, on December 7, 2018.
The camp served students of the school and the surrounding community. A total of 370 patients were screened and treated at no charge. 72 of these patients received tooth extractions and 64 received dental fillings. 275 patients learned proper brushing techniques in an education session, and sets containing toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed to the students free of charge.
Community members and the School Management Committee (SMC) expressed gratitude to RMF for supporting the dental camp. Chairperson of the SMC Mr. Chakra Bahadur Tamang and Principal of Shree Patana Devi Secondary School Mr. Mohan Kumar Shrestha thanked RMF for its contribution. RMF was honored to receive this certificate of appreciation.
The second free dental camp conducted during this reporting period took place in the village of Kharkatta, Madi rural municipality-9, Chitwan District on December 29, 2018. This camp was organized in collaboration with National Doctors Association Nepal and Nepal Dental Association.
A total of 183 patients were screened and treated in the camp. Led by dental surgery professor Dr. Prenit Pokharel, a team of 7 dental surgeons served at the camp.
Dental Clinic in the News
On December 31, 2018, NepaliHealth.com published an online article covering the events of the dental health camp in Ayodyapuri. The article briefly describes the services offered at the camp, highlights the goal of dental health awareness, and mentions RMF’s involvement.
- Publication: Nepalihealth.com
- Date: December 31, 2018
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