Medical Camps
1. Background:

Organizing a free medical camp is no mean task. However, if done correctly, it can be a potential tool in increasing community mobilization and winning the confidence of the community, spreading the news around about available health services and increasing credibility. These Guidelines can help the NGO Clinic to gain maximum advantage from a Medical camp organized by them. It would be useful to add that though these guidelines are useful in many ways they may not always be applicable and also they do not guarantee anything.
The Static Clinics are the center point of the medical services given by the project and therefore the outcome of the Intervention depends to a large extent on the quality and quantity of services rendered by them. However as man does not live by bread alone, so also Static Clinics alone cannot cater to the needs of a populace that is mostly negligent in its health care seeking behaviour.
2.Preparatory activities for the Health Camp:

The Clinic Advisory Committee would decide on all the logistics as well as technical inputs which would include:
  • Fixing the location, dates, frequency for conduct of the Health Camp
  • Estimating the number of patients that would attend the Health Camp
  • Procurement of medical supplies as well as equipment, chairs, waiting area furnishing materials, screens, refreshments, meals for HCW team, transport of HCW team etc.,
  • Publicity by announcements, media, word of mouth, and distribution of materials like hand bills on information about the Camp
  • Selection of Personnel manning the various posts at the health camp
  • Delegation of Responsibilities for various tasks like BCC and Publicity, Reception and Registration/documentation, Screening, Examination and Diagnosis, Treatment and Referral, and management of untoward incidents.
  • As part of good liaison tactics an important and influential person who could add to the sustainability of the project could be invited to do the inaugural honours.
  • The documentation team would make a brief report that would contain at a minimum the data as required for the various indicators of health services as well as suggestions and recommendations if any.
3. BCC role in Patient Traffic and Referral services:

The patients patronizing the camps held by NGOs would have come there normally by the efforts of a strong BCC drive. In few instances they may be accompanied by an Outreach Worker or other member of the Clinic or Project. A point worth noting here is that no service is more valued by the patient than an understanding and empathetic worker who has accompanied him from the patient’s workplace, allaying his fears about the subsequent clinical examination and testing for STI/HIV. This would be the very foundation for a follow up, as the first impression of the project is got from the point of first contact. The logical outcome for a patient who has realized that patient-friendly personnel operate the Clinic and Camp is a motivation in itself to frequent this service all the more. At times patients may be referred from the mobile clinic or mobile health camps to the static clinic conducted by the Project or to other centers. Needless to say the success of this referral and its subsequent outcome to a large extent depends on the previous experience that the patient has had.

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