Free medical camps: An overview
Among the many lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, one standout point was about the inability of governments to reach out to every single person stuck in COVID hotspots. Observed worldwide, this situation of hopelessness taught us a valuable lesson, which was, don’t leave everything up to the state! The realization which is making sense to many only now has been acknowledged by hundreds of NGOs and INGOs already. Free medical camps are a product of the brainstorming post this realization. These camps provide help to patients in remote areas where the state has not been able to provide premium quality healthcare services, yet. However, the scope of these camps is not limited to remote areas only and includes slums and rural areas as well. The target audience of such camps is predominantly the underprivileged section of the society that cannot afford basic healthcare facilities in expensive private hospitals.
Medical camps in the context of Pakistan’s healthcare crisis
What we have shared with you in the opening remarks of this discussion is an accurate depiction of the current state of affairs in Pakistan’s healthcare sector. Like most underdeveloped countries, Pakistan has also struggled to come up with a healthcare plan that takes care of its every citizen. Even the devolution of power to a provincial level failed, simply because there aren’t just enough funds to establish the state of the art healthcare facilities which can be kept running 24/7. This lack of fund appropriation coupled with administrative negligence has impacted the healthcare sector in Pakistan quite horribly. Medical camps organized by NGOs and INGOs are an effort to dampen this impact. These 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! One organization that has mastered the art of organizing a successful free medical camp is Transparent Hands.
Transparent Hands: An introduction
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. The target audience of such camps is the underprivileged section of society while the target destination can be a slum, a village, or any remote area in the country where there doesn’t exist a decent hospital or lab that can provide basic health amenities to its people.
What can you expect at a Transparent Hands medical camp?
Typically, there are three objectives of organizing a free medical camp. One to take care of the sick patients, two to disseminate information about a particular disease or healthcare issue, and three to identify the cases which need immediate help, surgical or otherwise. This is exactly the routine of events at a free medical camp organized by Transparent Hands. Routine tests like blood pressure check-ups, cholesterol level tests, blood sugar tests, etc. are performed free of cost for patients who cannot afford them otherwise.
Transparent Hands medical camps in numbers
They say numbers don’t lie, so we thought it best to give you a figure recap of what the organization has achieved so far in terms of free medical camps. Well, the organization has successfully organized 78 medical camps all across Pakistan. In these medical camps, 23,220 patients have been treated. 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. But what is even more important to note is the impact of disseminated knowledge. Imagine the number of people that have saved themselves from falling prey to a disease or malady, all because they attended a healthcare camp organized by Transparent Hands!
The average cost of a medical camp
Government hospitals often fail to keep up with the standards of services because of a shortage of funds. Opposed to that, private hospitals provide excellent services but are too expensive for the underprivileged patient. A question about the costs of camps organized by Transparent Hands does arise! Well, there is no fixed number that we could give you in response to this question. You see, expenditures vary from one medical camp to another, depending upon the objectives, destination, and target audience of a particular camp. However, if we were to give you an average cost approximate, it would be somewhere between 3, 00,000-4, 00,000 PKR.
We are thankful to our donors & sponsors!
Any discussion about Transparent Hands free medical camps is incomplete without a word of gratitude for our donors and sponsors. It is them who paint the sketches of hope with colors of realization and provide invaluable financial assistance. The organization is extremely thankful to its over 2000 supporting donors, and other helping hands which ensure that quality healthcare is accessible to people from underprivileged backgrounds as well.
Want to become a part of our free medical camps?
Feeling inspired by what we have told you? Well, why don’t you become a part of our drive of kindness? To do that, donate as much as you can to an upcoming medical camp organized by Transparent Hands. 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! Please note that 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.