The medical camps will help those living in slums and rural communities in Kolkata by providing free medical care and health awareness seminars. Camps will offer health check-ups, medical treatment, and necessary medicines. Afterward, follow-up visits will occur monthly for patients treated at camps to ensure proper care and healing. These annual medical camps continue to have an incredible impact on the health of the men, women, and children living in those communities.
People living in slums or rural villages in Kolkata often struggle to access proper medical care. For many, it's their financial condition that makes them unable to address health needs. For others, it is the lack of transportation or the distance to clinics and hospitals that stands in the way of getting their needs met. The living environment in these areas is often destructive and toxic, making sickness and disease rise even more quickly.
We are hosting eight days of medical camps in October to provide free medical care, medicines, and health awareness seminars for these communities. Care offered includes general health, dental, optometry, dermatology, gynecology, and pharmaceutical. There will be camps in two different slums (each with over 5000 people), and one camp in a rural area, serving over 30 villages. Some people wait the entire year to access the free care offered at these camps; the impact had is truly life changing.
Since 2011, these annual medical camps have resulted in thousands of people gaining access to treatment and care. Lives are changed and communities are becoming healthier. With continued donations, we plan to increase our capacity for frequent health follow-ups throughout the year with access to free or low cost medicines and testing. People in impoverished communities can continue to live healthier lives through the continuous efforts of the medical camps hosted by Kolkata City Mission.