Healthcare is of poor quality or non-existent in many parts of the developing world. Here, people have to travel long distances to reach the nearest hospital or primary healthcare center. Many people depend on quacks as a desperate solution to get a cure for their ailments. Others bear their symptoms or try home remedies until it is too late.
Across the world, many nonprofits, governments, and international aid organizations conduct free medical camps to address the healthcare issues of the poor in remote and underdeveloped regions of the world. Besides Daily Providing Food & Medical Supplies given by these organizations, free medical camps are extremely important for the health and well-being of the rural poor.
What do these medical camps achieve?
Free health checkups and diagnosis- The main idea behind medical camps is to check on the health of the poor. Based on a physical checkup and some tests, the doctors can give them a diagnosis and also provide them with free medicines.
Early detection of common diseases in the population- There is always the possibility of an outbreak of a certain disease in the community. This could be due to factors such as consumption of contaminated food and water, disaster-induced diseases or physical wounds, and even transmissible diseases from animals or from any person exposed to a certain disease. We all have experienced how governments have imposed lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 through the air. A medical camp has the potential to help treat communicable diseases so that they do not spread faster and those affected get well soon.
Refer advanced cases to bigger hospitals- As healthcare isn’t easily available in the countryside, such medical camps are the only way poor patients can get a diagnosis for their illnesses. If the illness has reached an advanced stage, the healthcare provider can refer the patient to a bigger hospital for further treatment.
Protects against exploitation and debt- When a qualified medical professional treats the poor, these people know that their ailment will be healed. At medical camps, these treatments are given for free. For the poor, this means they don’t have to travel long distances to the nearest healthcare center or borrow money at high rates for the treatment of their loved ones. Also, healthcare services can be quite expensive for the poor in rural areas, partly because of a lack of resources and equipment and also because private healthcare providers want to profit from their services.
Why do we need more of these medical camps?
We cannot just keep saying a prayer for healing for the poor. We need to address their health issues and solve them. Due to delayed medical care, many people get pushed into poverty when they have to borrow more than their means to pay for quality healthcare.
At the Breath of the Spirit Ministries, Dr. Michelle Corral raises funds for medical camps across the world in poor communities. Her efforts have ensured medical, dental, and optometry health camps to heal the poor.
No matter how hard she works, she always needs help to donate to poorest of the poor. You can help her in her noble missions by donating to her organization Chesed international. With your donations, you not only get the blessings of God but also of the innumerable people who benefit from such medical camps.