World Peace Flame funds Medical Camps in Gujerat, India
The World Peace Flame has been providing free medical care to impoverished communities in Gujerat, India. The first free medical clinic was held on 2 October 2005 in a local school. Thakor Patel, the director of the humanitarian project explains: 'We visited all the doctors beforehand to give them idea about village poverty and what they were going to face'. A total of 288 people benefited tat day from free medical consultations and medicines.
Since that time, regular medical camps have been held. Doctors, dentists and nurses have given up their free time to support the clinic. One of our team in India explained, 'I went to visit one doctor who will now come twice a month to see patients, if we provide transport. We are trying to get another doctor so that we can have one visit per week.' work developed during the years into a major humanitarian project in the region.
Till April 2016 in total:
-20503 people received medical or dental treatments
-5572 people received glasses and
-1865 people a medical operation (including 452 cataract operations).
We were able to give 1250 people good sets of clothing and
6218 children receive materials (like pens, paper, school clothing etc.) so they were able to go to school.
Malnutrition is common in this area, so each villager who attends the medical camp is given a food parcel and nutritional supplements such as iron, vitamin C and multivitamins.
Ravjibhai, a 65 year old local farmer, came to the clinic with breathing difficulties and suspected cataracts. He said that he had always had faith that God would help him to find treatment, ‘This medical camp is the answer to my prayer.’
Congenital defects, routinely corrected in the West, are common. 12 year old Vijay has had a cleft palate from birth and cannot speak properly. The World Peace Flame financed his orthodontic treatment and the operation to correct his hare-lip. Other children and old people are receiving free operations for eye defects, cataracts and orthopaedic treatment.
Shantiben doesn't know exactly how old she is. She lives alone in Moldhara village with no close family to take her to hospital for her cataracts and crippling osteoporosis. The World Peace Flame staff organised transport for her to visit the doctor and receive treatment.
For more information: http://www.medicalcamps.org