In March 2012 Nepal in Need sponsored a health camp in the village of Pangma, one of the last places accessible by jeep. We ran the camp in association with a Nepalese charity, HHESS led by Dr Mingma Sherpa. The event was advertised locally and on FM radio as a health camp for women’s health but we treated many men and children too. We brought in two consultant gynaecologists, a general physician and a dental technician from Kathmandu, together with supporting staff, diagnostic equipment including x-ray and ultrasound and a full supply of medications. Local volunteers helped with the organisation, record keeping and catering. The villagers generously allowed us the use of their recently built community centre. In four days we treated over 1100 patients. There long queues at reception and outside consulting rooms!
We treated many minor conditions but also performed minor surgery, fitted pessaries for prolapse and removed bad teeth. A few patients with serious illness were referred to hospital. We gave a large amount of general health education and family planning advice. Because infant mortality and maternal mortality in childbirth are high the gynaecologists gave special advice about problems with childbirth and avoidance of complications. The budget for the entire event, including salaries, transport, medicines and equipment was £6000. The majority of the money was raised from pledges at an event run by “The Funding Network” in London in January 2012.
At the end of the camp all the staff and equipment was retuned to Kathmandu. We and all the patients are so grateful to them for their skills and hard work.