Rural dwellers in India often do not receive adequate medical care as many clinics are inaccessible. As a result, there is a low level of awareness of health issues among villagers and many treatable diseases go unattended. The KGMF aims to address the above challenges by establishing a series of one-day medical camps in villages throughout India. The goal is to improve the overall standard of health and to improve villagers' awareness of diseases.
To ensure that the most number of villagers will receive healthcare, the medical camps will be established in central and easily-accessible sites, such as schools, community centers and temporarily-erected public places. Each camp is expected to serve up to 900-1,000 individuals.
At the camps, villagers, who normally do not have access to healthcare, will receive medical examinations and receive diagnosis and clinical advice. Specialists trained in disciplines such as Orthopedics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Cardiology and Dentistry will be part of the team providing care. Additionally, a pathological test laboratory will be created within the camp site. The KGMF will provide the medicines prescribed by the specialists for free; the medicine will be for at least one course of treatment.
Additionally, these camps will place a special focus on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, a taboo subject in much of India. Pamphlets and literature on HIV/AIDS as well as the prevention and control guidelines for other treatable diseases will be distributed on site. The literature will be developed carefully and will be bundled with basic health and sex education materials.
The first camp will be established in Rajasthan and additional camps will be established throughout India, in states such as Gujarat and Maharashtra. Local factors, such as availability of sites, the availability of paid and volunteer doctors, the timing of local festivals (ie when villagers will have the day off) and so forth, will determine the timing and location of future camps. The KGMF is committed to returning to the same village on a yearly basis to ensure there is continuity in addressing the villagers' healthcare needs. The goal of the project is to raise awareness so that people will seek out help in the rest of the year. Participants are encouraged to seek medical help and doctors are sources from nearby communities so that participants can locate them easily.
Mobilization for the first camp will begin on 04 January 2009. The foundation staff will start making trips to the region 4-6 weeks before the camps. It is expected that 2-3 weeks lead time will be required for the foundation's staff and volunteers to secure the site, publicize the camps, pre-register patients, and secure volunteers, doctors and specialists. The exact date of the camp will be decided once all these factors have been accounted for.
In order to provide low cost, high quality health care to those in need, the KGMF will tap into local infrastructure and human resources. School buildings, community centers and similar facilities will be used as the basic camp infrastructure. Specialist doctors from nearby city and big hospitals will be brought in to provide medical services in the camp at a very low cost. Mobile diagnostic and laboratory facilities will be established within the camp to provide quick check up.
School teachers, students and the local villagers will be requested to provide their volunteering services, for pre-camp awareness and publicity in the nearby villages for patient registration, providing information during the camp, logistic management, patient guidance, directions, and hospitality etc. Training will take place a few weeks before the camp depending on volunteers' schedule.
- Number of patients receiving medical care: 25000
- Of which, number of females receiving medical attention and treatment: 7500
- Of which, number of children receiving medical attention and treatment: 2500
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners. KGMF is looking for partners and would like to invite like -minded corporations, bilateral and multilateral funding organizations to support funding.