GP volunteers needed for Indian slum project

A team establishing a temporary clinic in an Indian slum is looking for GP volunteers.

The charity project aims to treat thousands of patients, including the very young, from India's slums
The charity project aims to treat thousands of patients, including the very young, from India's slums

The Slumdoctor project, which aims to treat thousands of patients from a temporary clinic in a school in the Indian village of Phillaur, is now in its seventh year.

Dr Vijay Bangar, one of the organisers of the camp said: ‘This is an opportunity for GPs to work in virgin territory, treating patients with diseases that have never had medical intervention.’

GPs who volunteer will spend three days helping at the camp. Dr Bangar said tasks would be similar to those expected of GPs in Britain.

'You would see patients who drop in from off the street, just like here in Britain,’ he said.

‘GPs are often anxious before they come to the project, but they get plenty of support – they’re never on their own,’ he added. ‘There are Indian doctors here, and other doctors who have been volunteering for years.’

Last year’s project included 30 volunteers from Britain and more than 60 from India. They sourced drugs locally, and arranged for operations to be carried out at local hospitals.

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