There is a huge amount that you will be required to do and can help with. Your primary role will be to provide services to the local people while under the supervision and support of local doctors and dentists. We don’t expect you to be experts in your field, but rather to be open to gaining new knowledge and developing new skills. The most important attributes to have for these trips are adaptability, openness, and an enthusiasm for the experience. Here is an overview of the main components of the medical camp to give you an idea of what the camp will involve.
1. Assisting in consultations, in the pharmacy and in the general running of the clinic
1,000 - 2,000 patients are typically seen in the 10 day clinic. Clinical year medical students will also have the opportunity to run their own triage clinic where they can see patients first, before a discussion and review with the doctor.
Dental students will be very hands on assisting with extractions and other simple procedures, under the supervision of the dentist.
Home visits will also be very important for people who cannot make it into the clinic.
Helping out in the consultations and triaging patients before consultation will also be a big part of the clinic – taking blood pressures & other obs (in previous years students taught the translators how to take blood pressures, which was very popular!), history taking, preparing syringes…
There will also be the opportunity to assist in minor ops and other procedures - this depends on who comes in to the clinic but in previous years this has included cyst removal and even the delivery of a baby!
2. Medical report
This report is vital for Moving Mountains Nepal and should provide an overview of the health of the area – which will fit into the long term plan to provide strategies for health improvement. This will help to guide future education programmes and projects for health improvement, to prevent conditions which are common and easy to prevent. For example, in response to people experiencing respiratory problems, eco-friendly stoves were fitted in all the houses to reduce smoke from cooking and associated respiratory illnesses – this has been shown to have been an extremely successful project.
This report will also guide the development of the permanent clinic in Bumburi, for example training for staff and medication and equipment to buy.
3. Education and teaching
Basic First Aid
'Alcohol and health' - quite a lot of the medical conditions, especially gastric problems, are related to consumption of Raksi and Chhang!
Women's and maternal/reproductive health, this should be given by female members of the group supported by female Nepali translators. The women's/maternal health should be done on a one-to-one basis and in private.
Analysis of last years medical database and report to evaluate what the most common medical conditions are and design educational information, materials and workshops to help prevent/reduce the prevalence of those conditions.
This is a great way to combine your medical knowledge while helping to prepare yourselves for the camp and make the camp yours.
You will also be able to teach other subjects you are interested in and, in previous years, playing sport, music and teaching English have all been very popular. You are not needed to officially teach, since the school has very good teachers, but talking to a native-English speaker can be hugely beneficial to someone who is learning English.
Priorities of Moving Mountains Medical Camps
The medical camps in both Kenya and Nepal are set up to provide free medical and dental services to the local communities. These camps are open to anybody who arrives and are driven by the needs of the local communities themselves.
Moving Mountains has been working in both Nepal and Kenya for over twenty years. During that time, we have forged strong relationships with local authorities, committees, and families. All of our projects are set up with the approval of local authorities, and often at their request.
During medical camps we adhere to a strict child protection policy and fair trade volunteering guidelines. It is of the utmost importance to Moving Mountains that we put the needs and rights of our community first and foremost. These trips are designed to be a combination of personal development for volunteers with international development as the focus.
Medical Clinic Reports
Click on the PDF documents below to download copies of reports from previous medical clinics run by students from the University of Bristol.