8th September 2014

Changing lives throughout Nepal

August saw another successful medical camp take place at our Area Welfare Centre (AWC) in Gulmi, western Nepal. A total of 1,940 patients were seen between 19-21 August, slightly higher than the average attendance of 1,813.

In partnership with the Kadoorie Agriculture Aid Association the Trust currently organises eight camps each year. Dedicated teams of locum and GWT doctors perform hundreds of dental extractions and cataract operations. They also offer GP and gynaecology check-ups, minor surgery and free medication.

Last month in Gulmi, for example, locum ophthalmologist Dr Ben Limbu – himself the son of an ex-Gurkha – performed a total of 45 cataract operations over the three days. For the majority of patients, such liberating medical treatment is otherwise unavailable.

Our medical camps enjoy a strong reputation in Nepal, with some citizens travelling up to two days to access first-class treatment. One such person is Purna Bahadur Shrestha (pictured). Purna lives in poverty and even at the age of 69 continues to work as a porter, delivering 25kg sacks of rice for the equivalent of around three pence per trip. He owns no property and admits that affording treatment is a huge difficulty. Purna visited one of our camps in Jiri in order to receive medication for a gastric condition and tells us that he attended the previous camp there as well. He says that the GWT camps are well-reputed and that this level of care is not available elsewhere; he hopes they will continue for many years to come.

The Trust’s latest camp is currently underway at AWC Diktel, where we expect similarly good results. When you consider that the cost of one dental extraction is only £2 and that our teams perform around 350 at every camp, you can truly see the impact that our supporters’ donations make for the comfort and wellbeing of people throughout Nepal.

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