Camp 2010. Started 20 March 2010. The Camp took place at Baba Braham Dass High School Phillaur (whilst the school was closed for vacation). A team of 20 travelled out from the UK. This was a joint venture with Baba Braham Dass Charitable Trust (Reg) in India. New patients were seen for consultations in the first 3 days. Following this complex treatments such as surgery were carried out for 3 weeks.
Volunteers prepare before the camp. Amongst the team there are doctors, surgeons, nurses, interpreters, a number of organisers, administrators and many others .. general odd job men and women.
Some more members of the UK team
Volunteers had responded to a national press release in the UK. The above article was in the local newspaper in Halifax. The release appeared in a twenty journals including the Nursing Times and British Medical Journal
Some Indian clinicians (approximately 40 in total) helped in the camp. Here are some if the Indian doctors, nurses and administration team.
The eye team assessed over 2000 patients at the camp. They carried more than 100 eye operations. All assessment and treatment was free of charge to the patient (A cataract operation costs the charity £15. This will be £7 next year as the lens implants have been donated by the manufacturer).
An orthopaedic surgeon, above left was part of a 3 man team. 240 patients were assessed on days 1-3 at the camp. The team carried out 15 operations at the surgeon\'s local hospital in the following days. There was no cost to the patient.
Our Partners in the camp. The smile train, who were operating on children with cleft lip and cleft palate.
Triage, Indian style! A team of teachers volunteered to do the majority of the organising. Some of them are shown here gathering demographic information from the patients.
A small opening cerimony. Baba Ji (seated in the middle), is the head monk at the local monestary). He is the chairman of Baba Braham Dass Charitable trust in India, who were our partners in the camp. He runs a monestary and a charitable school (for 600 children). Langar (food and drink) is served free at the monestary during the camp. We are given free access to the school and its facilities and help from the staff.
Opening: Looking at the patients coming in. How are we going to cope with this number of people? Lots of questions arise in the mind!
Early in the morning, Day 1 of camp. Some of the team (especially those who have never participated before) find themselves feeling quite anxious at this stage, when they see the vast numbers of people turning up