In underdeveloped countries or the ones that are going through the developing phase, the concept of free access to basic healthcare facilities is still a vague one for the underprivileged section of the population. Governments cannot provide free healthcare services to every citizen in such countries simply because the budget is limited. So healthcare gets a major hit when funds are prioritized, which is why a major section of the country is left on its own. When the state fails to provide its citizens with basic rights, it becomes the responsibility of civil society to come up with ways that can bridge the gap between different social classes. Free medical camps organized by NGOs and INGOs are a prime example of that. In today’s discussion, we highlight the role that these free medical camps are playing in filling the vacuum that exists concerning uniform access to quality healthcare services. Apart from that, we also explain how Transparent Hands is playing its part in filling that vacuum as well.
Impact of medical camps
The first thing that we need to understand in this debate is the impact a free medical camp creates. To help readers understand the concept better, let us explain it using an example. Imagine there is a free medical camp about dengue fever. Can you guess what would be the activities at such an event? Awareness lecture, distribution of anti-dengue kits, and free check-up of patients suffering from fever would be some of the many activities that organizers could think of conducting. Now let us gauge the impact of such a camp. The sick have been taken care of, people are better equipped the next time a dengue mosquito comes near them since they have the knowledge and the means to ward off the mosquito. This is just a glimpse of what happens at a basic level medical camp. The aims and objectives of medical camps vary from location to location but their significance remains constant.
Medical camps in the context of Pakistan’s healthcare woes!
As we said earlier, the underdeveloped countries are stills struggling to devise a healthcare policy that grants everyone access to basic healthcare facilities. Unfortunately, Pakistan belongs to this tribe of nations, its healthcare system often gets tested in terms of patient burden management. The scarce amount of funds at the provincial governments’ disposal do little to ameliorate the situation. Hence, the onus of providing help to those who cannot afford check-ups in private hospitals or have no quota reserved in a government hospital falls directly on the civil society. Free medical camps are instrumental in this regard. The aims of such camps are customized with regard to the needs of a particular locality. But the objective of all free medical camps remains the same i.e. providing help when it is needed!
A bit about Transparent Hands
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
Transparent Hands medical camps
Now that you are well acquainted with the operative theme of the organization, let us talk a bit more about the free medical camps that Transparent Hands organizes. The target destinations include slums, villages, and remote areas all across Pakistan, where there is a dearth of healthcare facilities, both at a government and private level. We have already given you a recap of what happens in such camps, in this section, we will be sharing the impact of Transparent Hands medical camps in terms of numbers. So far, the organization has successfully organized 78 medical camps all across Pakistan. In these medical camps, 23,220 patients have been treated. And the impact of disseminated knowledge is just priceless! For the year 2021, the organization has set a goal of 60 free medical camps. We are happy to report that the number is down by a figure of seven already!
Values matter the most at Transparent Hands
What these numbers don’t tell you is the emphasis that the organization puts on the observance of values in such medical camps. Just because world-class healthcare facilities are provided free of cost, it doesn’t mean that the patients should feel any less privileged than those who get the same treatment at a private or state hospital. Being mindful of patient integrity is the core philosophy behind a free medical camp supervised by Transparent Hands. Eliminating bias or discriminatory approaches in the provision of healthcare facilities to the underprivileged is also extremely important for the organization.
Become a part of our life-saving journey!
Like what we have told you in this discussion? Want to become a part of this mission of kindness? If your answer is in the affirmative, then becoming a part of Transparent Hands is the next step you should be taking. And to become a part of our drive of kindness, all that you have to do is donate as much as you can to an upcoming medical camp. The schedule is available on the organization’s website under the tab Medical Camps. You can also have a preview of the medical camps that were successfully organized in the past as well. Who knows? Maybe it is your contribution that will help people of a remote village finally having an access to basic healthcare services that they have been deprived of all this time. And remember, an amount never matters!