2010 Health Camp

Families greeted us with open arms as we came into the villages to help, spanning 28 villages in all.

While making the rounds amongst the villages prior to the medical fair, we stopped to do preliminary blood pressure testing on people who were willing.

While testing and talking, crowds grew, giving us the opportunity to both educate and advertise the upcoming camp.

Especially uplifting was the willingness of the women of the area in being relatively assertive about their health.

Along the way, we found extraordinary cases, such as this man, whose previous life of alcoholism — coupled with the poor diet of the area — have left him with a systolic pressure of 220...When the normal range is less than 120!

He described his medical history, showing his chest while describing the single doctoral visit that he's ever had. Although prescribed medication, he was not sure how it correlated with his condition, and he had to be calmly urged to follow through with his health care. He was later spotted at the camp, which is a good sign for compliance.

On the other end of the age spectrum, young villagers also expressed interest in having their health gauged. This is the sort of guided self-interest we hope for.

We wrapped up our rounds with a few home visits, where we explained the mechanics and importance of the health.

The old adage is that laughter is the best medicine, and we were glad to bring down-to-earth happiness to those we aided. In the end, what's a long life without joy?

As the medical camp got underway, a trickle of villagers came in the early morning to register.

Record-keeping is an important part of our operations, so that we can correctly analyze the needs of the areas we service.

Slowly, but surely, crowds began to gather, and we got this show on the road.

To begin the day, we started off with a panel of doctors giving talks.

All in all, we had vast array of doctors across a number of specialties, including general practice, optometry, dentistry, pediatrics, orthopedics, physiotherapy, gynecology, surgery, and Ayurveda.

Everyone paid keen attention to the speakers at hand.

As the speakers came to a close, the crowd thinned out to move on to the consultation portion of the day.

News crews from a number of newspapers and a television station came to cover the event.

DAVAI representative and co-founder Viniya Patidar spoke to the masses, ensuring that our message reached as wide an audience as it could, while further cementing our reputability in the area for future projects.

Blood samples were taken for screening purposes.

Our guests were split between the various doctors based both on screening tests and their own personal preference as to what they wished to take care of.

A group of women sit outside one doctor's office, awaiting entry.

While patients waited, we made good use of the time by showing presentations about various ills of the body and how to take care of them before they arise.

Young and old alike flocked to these presentations out of curiosity.

An elderly gentleman, upon his turn, is escorted into a doctor's office to be aided.

Doctors brought their own nursing staffs with them to facilitate efficient patient sessions.

Upon leaving consultation, those who were prescribed medicine could go pick it up at the pharmacy that we also had on-site.

One such prescription is shown here in the hands of an grateful individual.