£2 A YEAR PER PATIENT......
provides a first line drop-in clinic service for the 2,500 subsistence farmer families of the Kolbong area near Darjeeling, India.
• Every penny raised for the project is given to the clinic
• All the administration is carried out by volunteers
• All the admin & travel costs are covered by the volunteers
• All the visiting medics work as volunteers
|Karmi Farm Clinic feature courtesy of the Lonely Planet Volunteer Handbook >>|
|HOW DONATIONS ARE
The Karmi Farm Clinic now costs £5000 per annum to maintain it. This money is currently distributed as follows:
• Medical & first aid supplies 58%
• Full time health care worker 16%
• Transport to & from hospital 8%
• Hospital treatments (xrays, tests etc) 15%
• Ancilliary supplies (cleaning,redecorating) 3%
Any funds raised over and above £5000 will be used for hospital care and for serious cases.
|KARMI FARM CLINIC
The Clinic was established in 2001 by Cathy & Paul Goodyer, co founders of Nomad Travel Stores, in conjunction with Andrew Pulger-Frame, owner of the Karmi Farm Guest House, to deal with the influx of local farmers who regularly turn up at Karmi Farm with health problems. Located in N E India in the foothills of the Himalaya on the Sikkim border, the clinic caters for 2,500 people, mainly local subsistent farmers and their families. The nearest hospital is a 3-4 hour walk away and in most cases has little in the way of medical supplies or, sometimes, even medical staff.
The Karmi Farm Clinic is run as a first stop clinic for these people. It frequently has to deal with accidents such as deep machete cuts, dead fall injuries, and other accidents relating to living off the land. In addition to accidents, the clinic deals with everyday problems such as scabies, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis and other infections associated with basic living conditions and water shortages.
The aim of the clinic is to provide and sustain:
• A first line medical clinic servicing a community who cannot afford or are physically unable to make it to hospital
• The best possible public health service on a patient by patient basis within the confines of severely limited capacity for intensive investigation or large scale public health programmes
• To provide a health care resource sustainable by the local community for the local community
• To provide first line emergency services and rapid evacuation
• To provide support for chronic conditions requiring long term medication
• To utilise the skills of temporary medics within a specified role
Following the success of our scabies eradication campaign over the last two years, the clinic has again supported many local families by supplying removable washable bedding and washing facilities. This has led to yet a further decrease in the number of scabies cases in an ever expanding area around the clinic.
This year we have funded trips for some of the ladies to take advantage of the sterilistion programme at the main hospital in Darjeeling. The Clinic follows through with post-surgical care. This is a continuing activity by the Government and so far the clinic has provided transport and after care for over 50 of the local ladies.
In conjunction with Professor Larry Goodyer of De Montford University and Dr’s Paul & Tripta Schur (all regular volunteers at the clinic), we are carrying out research into the high levels of hypertension in the area which is affecting a large number of younger men & women.