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For the fourth year in a row, Vision Express, a western North Carolina-based NGO, and Rug & home have teamed up to conduct health camps in rural villages of Varanasi. A team of eight volunteers from the Carolinas will serve in the health camps. They will collaborate with 25 Indian medical professionals and thirty volunteers from the surrounding regions of India.
With over 3500 patients attended during the course of three days, 70-90% of these patients have never visited any doctor before, the health camp includes health practitioners from various specialities, ranging from general practitioners to gynaecologists , cardiac specialists,dentists,ophthalmologists and pediatricians.
Volunteers from the Carolinas will assist,observe and collect data on the patients who will be attended by the physicians. The ultimate goal of organising such health camps is the cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and generating ideas for betterment of healthcare for the rural population of India, especially for women and children.
The focus of the camps will be majorly on women’s health issues, with a special focus on screening for cataracts. Treatable cataract blindness is one of the most prevalent problems faced by women who belong to the disadvantaged population in India. Vision express was established with the purpose of eradicating cataract blindness existing among women. Recently, the available operations have also expanded to include abdominal surgeries like kidney stones,hysterectomies and other surgeries designed to eradicate malignancy and cancer.
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The health camps will also feature demonstrations from personal hygiene experts. Yoga and breathing exercises will be taught to the rural residents throughout the camps to improve the overall health conditions.
Rakesh Agrawal, CEO of Rug & Home and founder of Vision Express said that these health camps will create a long-lasting relationship and bridge between the U.S. team members and Indian physicians and volunteers.