Medical camps

Moving Mountains run free Medical Camps in needy regions of East Africa and a medical and dental clinic in two Nepali villages, offering a direct insight to rural healthcare practices and a chance to get involved and make a real difference with one of our regular annual health programme events. 

Participants tend to be medical students looking for a chance to travel abroad and visit somewhere special and take part in a local healthcare event which clearly has a long term benefit to a community. The team is normally around 20 in number they work with medical staff from the local hospitals who we employ for the job. Apart from the obvious benefits to the communities, the participants are treated to local hospitality, parties and an insight into life for local people which inevitably become life changing. 

During the camps the team can deal with several thousand patients, many who come from far away looking for a diagnosis and treatment. Many of the patients are referred to hospital and we are able to assist with that process. The team also deliver primary healthcare talks and promotional events to school kids and adults alike, working with our healthworkers to help promote a better way of life. 

 

These programmes are designed so that you are giving a valuable service but also gaining fantastic experience. At the same time it is allowing you to interact with our professional medical practitioners who can show you specific applications tailored to the local needs. We are not expecting you to be experts in any specific or even related fields, but we will expect you to come back with a great deal of knowledge at the end of it.

We do expect participants to help us collect data which we then compare over many years to see how our other long term programmes are contributing to the changing health trends of a region. For example our improved cooking stove project in Nepal contributed to a decline in respiratory problems caused by smoke in the home, which then led to more children attending school and higher grades over several years. This in turn led to more children achieving tertiary level education which contributes to social mobility and economic security. We are able to see this because we have over 20 years of feedback and data to rely on. 

The money which our participants raise pays for the running of the medical camp itself and also contributes to the salaries we pay our healthcare staff, counsellors and community nurses. In Kenya these staff have worked for many years with our beneficiaries to help them through the process of becoming educated and the responsibilities that it brings. It is easy to forget that giving someone an education or a career brings pressure on an individual to provide for many people, and it is vital that we consider the holistic position we occupy as a charity. Some of our participants in the medical camps end up becoming mentors to the staff we employ in-country.