Nepal: Free Health Camps
487 Patients Treated: Q1 2019
April 29, 2019
Summary of Activities
Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) Nepal, in collaboration with local governments and NGOs, sponsors free health camps in rural and disaster-affected regions of Nepal. We sponsor 1–4 camps each month, prioritizing communities who remain in temporary housing after the 2015 earthquake or those newly affected by natural disasters.
Free health camps are initiated when RMF is invited to villages by communities in need. Our local partner organizations obtain legal consent from local authorities, then an RMF program team visits the community to analyze the situation and approve a health camp. These health camps are set up in schools and other village buildings and staffed by Nepali physicians, medical consultants, paramedics, and nurses.
From January to March of 2019, RMF conducted 2 free health camps. The first camp was conducted in Chyuripokhara, Tansen municipality ward no. 8, Palpa District, and second camp was conducted in Kapan, Budhanilkantha municipality ward no. 11, Kathmandu.
24 medical volunteers, including 11 medical doctors, were involved in those camps. A total of 487 patients were checked and provided with free medicines.
In collaboration with Tansen municipality and the Palpa District Health Office, a free dental camp was organized in Chyuripokhara, Tansen municipality ward no. 8, Palpa, on January 22, 2019. The camp was primarily aimed at serving the elderly population (over 60 years of age). A total of 207 patients were screened and treated free of cost.
3 medical officers from Lumbini Medical College and 8 paramedical health workers from the District Health Office were involved in the camp.
In collaboration with the office of the respective Member of Parliament (MP), Himal Dental Hospital, Evergreen Hospital, and Lasuntar Youth Club, RMF conducted a free health camp in Kapan, Budhanilkantha municipality ward no. 11, Kathmandu. Gynecology, dental, dermatology, and general services were provided. A total of 280 patients, including 105 women, received check-ups, medical counseling, and free medicines.
8 medical doctors and 5 paramedical/nursing health professionals provided the services.
Free Health Camp Featured
On February 16, 2019, KapanOnline.com published an article covering the health camp in Kapan. The article describes the organization of the camp, features statements made by the MP, ward chairperson, and prime guest, and details the services offered at the camp as well as the communities served.
Date: February 16, 2019
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