An asthmatic girl. She was started on treatment at a camp, 2 years ago when she was so unwell that she could not walk more than a few yards due to shortness of breath
She could not eat regularly (swallowing involves breath holding). She is well now and at school. The cost of treatment is less than £2 pcm
Asthma is quite common. Here is another girl who first came to the camp 2 years ago. She now comes to show how well she is
Pharmacy: Medicines are purchased in India at wholesale prices.
Medicines are given to the patients free of charg
Previously we gave prescriptions that could be taken externally. At a practical level in rural areas medicines are dispensed in convenience stores.
A few years ago a patient was prescribed aminophyline on a prescription. He was given amiodarone (by a shopkeeper who was the main medicine seller in the area and was not aware that there was a difference). The patient who was illiterate could not check. Luckily the mistake was picked up.
A child who has a large head. Failing to thrive. Family are puzzled as to why this should be.
This child had hydrocephalus. MRI scanning was undertaken and a referral to a regional neurosurgery centre. Everything, including Surgery was paid for out of charity monies. The parents declined surgery as the date approached.
Sat shri aakal! (\"True respected god\"-literally) See you later Indian style !
Type 1 Diabetes requires Insulin treatment. This young man was 12 years old. Insulin costs approx. £10 pcm. This is beyond the reach of a large percentage of the population. Non treatment would result in death within a year
Learning to Inject Insulin. Most children would be afraid at the sight of a needle. This boy was so unwell that this did not scare him. Most people do not have a fridge at home. Lots do not have electricity. We have set up a store and fridge. Patients that we start on treatment who are under 16 years old are supplied Insulin free all year round