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Welfare and Health Projects - Free Health Camp 

The annual Free Health Camp was started in Nepal in 1997 during the rainy season, when there were still only limited funds and resources available. It has served many people from remote regions that lack necessary health care.

The annual Free Health Camp was started in Nepal in 1997 during the rainy season, when there were still only limited funds and resources available. It has served many people from remote regions that lack necessary health care.

Every year, during the months of June and July when the weather in Nepal is hot and humid, substandard sanitation conditions in some remote areas usually cause the spread of diseases. H.E. Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche has chosen this period of time annually to give free medical treatment via the Free Health Camp. The mobile clinics of the Camp have reached remote and poor regions, helping almost a thousand people at a time. So far the Free Health Camp has covered areas including Dhadhikot, Sankhu and Lamatar.

Free Health Camp Start
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The Free Health Camp invites doctors and nurses from the best local hospitals to give professional diagnosis and treatment to the villagers. Selected students from the Trungram International Academy and monks and nuns from the Sankhu Monastery form the volunteer teams. They help with paperwork, maintain orders and increase work efficiency.

The Camp uses the best local medicine available, plus a small amount of medicine from Taiwan. Ordinary diseases are handled by Camp staff, while assistance is given for transfer to major hospitals in the case of people who need special diagnosis and treatment.

 
Waiting Line at the Health Camp
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Waiting line at the
Free Health Camp
Old woman seeking treatment
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Elderly woman
seeking help
Treatment
Treatment under basic conditions
 
 

Every time the Free Health Camp is open, people seeking medical help form a long waiting line. Some even need to come down from the mountains a day in advance. They are full of hope that good medicine can restore their health. The warmth of compassion that transcends racial and religious barriers moves their hearts. The Free Health Camp actively demonstrates the qualities of Buddhism in a powerful way that has led some government officials to praise and associate themselves with Buddhism.

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