Medical Camp to help the Poor - 7 Sep 08

07 Sep 2008  Vrindavan, India

Category: Charity

Medical Camp

Today we had the medical camp in the Ashram. We opened the rooms of the school. One was the room in which people could wait for their turn. In one of the rooms we put a table and chairs for the doctor and his patients. After their examination they could go to the third room in which they got their medicine. There were many people and especially mothers who brought their children. It was really touching and also shocking to see some of them who came with fever and lay down on the floor of the waiting room. I also went and gave some healing.

It is great that we could help them all. Here hardly anyone has a health insurance and very often they are too poor to go to a doctor even when they would need one the most. If we had the space I would love to open this kind of hospital to which everybody could come who doesn’t have money to pay for a treatment elsewhere. But I believe that one day this dream will also come true.

Tonight we will have the distance healing in which we all will pray for those who suffered from the flood. We will send our blessings to all those people who were here today and to everyone all over India who has lost belongings, a house, family members or friends.

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I am so glad to hear that this medical clinic was a success! It is a wonderful gift to offer health and healing to those who cannot afford it. Was the medicine practiced at the clinic a combination of Western medicine and traditional Indian/ Ayurvedic medicine? Or perhaps Western medicine has been practiced long enough in India that it is standard... The reason why I ask is because sometimes there is a large dichotomy between the practices of medicine between a wealthy country and a poor one, which can cause issues. For example, my parents are doctors in the U.S., and they went on a medical mission to Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were overjoyed to be offering FREE medical help and medications to anyone and everyone who came to the clinic that day. But soon, they noticed that people were coming back every day, claiming they had a new problem or illness. My parents and their co-workers didn't understand what was going on. After awhile, they discovered that people who came to the clinic in the morning would go tell their friends and family what kinds of medicines the clinic had to offer and what kind of illness required it... then everyone from the town would come back to the clinic claiming they needed that medication. Essentially, they were trying to stock up on any medications they could find, which is understandable considering their level of poverty. The problem is that these people will have lots of different kinds of powerful drugs and not know when to use them or how much to take. My parents also discovered that the priest of the church that was hosting the clinic was secretly charging people every day to see the doctors! They felt horrible because the whole intention of the clinic was to be free for everyone. Unfortunately, the corruption caused by poverty was limiting their charity services. And the differences between cultural practices of medicine was too great in this instance. This story is hopefully uncommon, but it's great to hear that your medical clinic in India was a success!

Reply By Emily on October 09, 2011 12:18


Medical clinics are a really great way to help out.

Reply By Sharon on December 30, 2010 04:37


This is great. I think health clinics are really important in areas with a lot of poverty, they should be done often. Great work

Reply By Rachey on October 30, 2010 04:19


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