For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me, I tell you the truth whatever you did not do for one of the least of these; you did not do for me. (Matthew 25:42, 43, 45)
Most of the places in the Himalayas are hard to reach where no dispensaries are available for sick and dying to get any sort of medical treatment. Even when they are buffeted by a disease, they have to walk and trek for 5 to 10 days carrying the patient in their Nepali basket called DOKO on their backs by using a forehead strap. Thus they come all the way down to the nearest dispensaries where they get some medical help. By the time these helpless patients reach their destination to get medical treatment, their lives are already precariously hanging between life and death.
Health in rural areas are often unaffordable and ineffective – if it exists at all. Millions of people have never had a medical check-up. They’ve never taken a vitamin. When they have an accident, there’s no hospital to go to. When they’re sick, there’s no medicine.
Simple preventative diseases escalate into deadly problems. Treatable illnesses are ignored and become worse as a result. A broken leg, which should be easily fixed, can lead to a life as a cripple. A virus which would not usually harm healthy people can spread quickly through rural communities where the level of nutrition and health is not as high.
Most of the children in the Himalayas have multiple sores on their body. They have NEVER seen a doctor in their life. Last year there was a virus of fever and vomiting all over the remote villages, dozens of children died because of lack of medicine.
These painful realities inspire us to organize mobile medical camps in communities lacking access to healthcare and sanitation. We provide free medication; distribute free vitamins and deworming tablets to women and children, improving their immune systems and strengthening their health. And also In order to make a lasting difference, we don’t only treat, but also educate in a local way. Learning how to prevent disease, maintain hygiene and get necessary nutrition empowers people to make healthy choices for years to come.