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Camp 2014
Posted on 2014-03-14

The Camp will go from Friday 14 March to Sunday 16 March. 

You can get more information from our Facebook site at

https://www.facebook.com/notes/slum-doctor-project/camp-2014/66538204385002

The camp is run as a joint venture between 2 Indian charities (Baba Braham Dass Charitable Trust and Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Trust) and Slumdoctor Poject. 

New patients will be seen between the dates. Simple treatments are administered immediately. Complex investigation and treatment (for example surgery) is done after the 3 day period. Patients who need medical follow up, or surgical treatment, are followed up at Sant Sarwan Dass Charitable Hospital. Facilities for xray, ultrasound, CT etc are available.

We intend to have the following specialities represented:

Diabetes
General Medicine (Primary and secondary care level)
Emergency Medicine
Rheumatology
Respiratory
Gynaecology and Womens Health
General Surgery
Audiology
Eye Surgery and Optometery
Dermatology
Paediatrics 

Skills required:

Doctors are required in all specialities, especially General Practice. 
Nurses
Pharmacist
Opticians
Translators from English to Panjabi and visa versa
Support Staff - Photographer , Web page manager, Facebook manager, Film maker, general helpers doing odd jobs.

General Information:

The medical “camp” will be in Khattar, near Jalandar. This is a small town based within the district of Jalandhar, the northern eastern sector of the Punjab . 

The language spoken in this area is Panjabi. Being able to speak Panjabi is an advantage if you are thinking of volunteering, but not a requirement as we will have translators.

Patients / Conditions / Charity

We advertise for patients from certain specialities depending on the specialist skill mix. It is difficult to predict how many patients will attend. Generally, we would aim to see all the patients who attend. Some people have walked for miles and planned for weeks to attend the camp. We therfore would aim not to turn anyone away. The working hours can therefore somtimes be long and unpredictable. Volunteers need to be aware of this, and be willing to rise to this challenge. 

Conflicts of Interest

Individuals are expected to volunteer to serve the population of the camp that we are looking after in the spirit of charity. Occasionally there may be a conflict of interest, arising from their emloyment, or sponsorship or otherwise. Volunteers are required to declare that on application, via a written undertaking. Whilst there are many companies who donate money, medicines, lenses for implant etc. especially in India, 

Often before going to camp, or on return, press and media are interested in the camp. This is encouraged, especially as it raises awareness of the charity and raises its profile. However, volunteers must undertake to respect the spirit of charity. Whilst publicity is welcome, volunteers should not link the name of the charity with their employers or any other organisation. Slumdoctor Project does not undertake to promote any companies or their products in any way. Should their be any issue of this nature, written permission should be sought from the Trustees. It should be taken as given, that without writen permission, such an agreement has not been entered into. 

Flights

The nearest airport is in Amritsar. Flights can be booked direct to Amritsar, or to Dehli. The only direct flight to Amritsar at the time of writing was from Heathrow. A flight from Birmingham to Amritsar is also available but this is not direct. Please check with a specialist travel agent (see below). 

A journey by car of approximately two and a half hours is then taken from Amritsar to Phillaur. 

The main international airport is in Delhi. The journey from Dehli by car is approximately eight hours. Alternatives to going by car include taking a train and going by air.

The Shatabdi Express train is a good choice. More information can be found on the link below:

http://indiarailinfo.com/train/1538

A booking can be made using the link below:

https://www.irctc.co.in/

Internal flights are available. Kingfisher airlines is one flight. Please enquire with a travel agent about availability.

Cost of Travel

The cost of an airline ticket from the UK varies but is in the order of £500 return for an economy flight. This may be purchased directly from travel agents (a few are outlined below, but feel free to book with others if you so wish). We are under negotiation for flight cost reductions by block booking; please ask your contact about this.

Time difference

Please note that India is approximately five hours forward in time (varies between summer and winter). 

Travel Agents: 

Balu Travels
http://www.balutravels.co.uk/
There are a number of travel companies who specialise in travel to India. This one offers support and concession rates to Slumdoctor volunteers. Ask for Bob. He will help with all arrangements including getting a visa.
Balu Travels
114 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9DP.
Ph LL: +44 121 554 4013
Fax: 0121 523 6192
Mob : +447932 402220 ask for Bob
email: balutravels@btconnect.com 
or bob@balutravels.co.uk

Southall Travels
http://www.southalltravel.co.uk/ 
The disadvantage with this company is that at the time of writing, they do not provide flights to amritsar. This company can arrange a visa.
SOUTHALL TRAVEL LIMITED 
Palmoak House, 19 South Road
Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1SU, England 
Ph: +44 0844 855 8001
Fax: +44 020 8813 8418 
email@southalltravel.co.uk

http://www.skyscanner.net/
This site provides cost comparisons for cheap flights. 

A direct flight to Amritsar can only be gained from Heathrow (at the time of writing this document); this is approximately a nine hour flight. Alternatively indirect flights maybe taken via Dubai, Delhi, Tashkent and Iran. 

Flight Groups:
A number of flights have been booked by members going to Camp 2013. This year there are too many to put here. Please email slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk requesting this information.

Visa:
You will require a visa to enter India and must allow at least eight weeks to obtain the visa if you have a UK passport; the timings may vary for other nationalities. If you are serious about going, please do not delay in applying for a visa. Bob from Balu travels can help with this (See contact under Travel agents above)

The following websites will give you further guidance. 

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs
http://hcilondon.in/visa.php

The link below will take you direct to the site for on line visa submission:

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/mandatory.html

The on line application is a good option. The visa is filed electronically. Supporting documents including passport need to be submitted to the embassy. The requirement for a 2 inch by 2 inch photo seems to be sacred. If a photo that is not to their standard is sent, the application is not infrequently returned. Some photo shops such as prontaprint, jessops, Janet Greens will have a specific "india visa protocol". You will need a reference in India, please email slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk for this. 

Registering with the Indian Medical council:
Doctors wanting to do voluntary work need to register with the Indian medical council. The following link is to their site:

http://online.mciindia.org/online/

Volunteers have found registering on line next to impossible... you may be the first to succeed, please try if you so wish. We advise filling in an application form, and sending this in. The application form can be obtained from the following link: 

http://www.mciindia.org/helpdesk/download/Temporary_Registration_Non-Schedule.pdf

The application needs to be filed 2 month before hand. A 5000 rupee draft needs to be drawn up from an Indian bank and its details need to be submitted. Attested copies of degree and GMC certificates need to be presented. By the time this stage is reached, the slumdoctor team should have been contacted for help!

Accommodation:
Hotel accommodation varies in standards and quality and costs. We usually book an on suite room in a 5 star hotel Cabana Orchid. The hotel does not have its own web site at the time of writing but both of these links will show information about it.

http://www.makemytrip.com/hotels-jalandhar-hotel_cabbana_orchid.html

http://www.laterooms.com/en/p1301/pv670903s/hotel-reservations/200677_cabbana-orchid-an-ecotel-hotel-jalandhar.aspx?gclid=CO_R65eHx6wCFZJc4Qod8FpcrQ&WT.srch=1&ef_id=THkcPgqoEGQAAH3bpMwAAApr%3A20111121060343%3As

The cost of a double room is £50-70 (depending on the exchange rate) per night for the group.

Currency
The currency is Rupee. These can not usually be obtained outside of India. 

Medical information:
Check with your GP re vaccinations for Rabies, Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis & obtain an anti malarial. There is a cost for some of these vaccinations. Vaccinations usually need to be administered 4 weeks before travel.

Bottled water only should be consumed throughout the trip.

Climate:
March is the pre summer season and the weather during the day is usually warm with temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius. There may be intermittent downpours of rain. Evenings may be humid.

Clothing:
Light clothing or uniform is worn during the day with flat shoes. We request you have an awareness of the cultural sensitivities to dress code. 

How to Volunteer:

Individuals that would like to help are requested to come forward with an expression of interest outlining their area of expertise. If you are interested in volunteering, then please download an application from the link in below by clicking on the link. A box will open. In the bottom right hand corner will be a green box labelled "download". Please click on that. Select a PDF file for download. Select "download now". The file should be downloaded to a location on your computer that you can specify. Some people have struggled with this. If you are having difficulty, email slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk. We will send you a form by return.

http://www.slumdoctor.co.uk/Slum_Doctor_Project_2012.zip

http://www.slumdoctor.co.uk/Slum_Doctor_Project_2013.zip

Please email your completed application form, along with a passport type photograph and your CV to :

slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk. 

Alternatively, post to the address below:

Slumdoctor, 7 Savile park, Savile Park, Halifax, HX13EA.

The slumdoctor project team will process your application and get back to you within 14 days. Please contact again if a response has not occured by that time.

Further information can be found at the link below:

www.slumdoctor.co.uk

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