Indian charity project seeks volunteers

A project that provides life-saving treatment to communities in India's Punjab region is looking for GPs for its next expedition.

Tracey Clay treating a patient at a clinic
Tracey Clay treating a patient at a clinic

The Slum Doctor Project was set up six years ago to offer diabetes clinics in the area. It has since expanded to also perform cataract operations and fit hearing aids.

The project is now recruiting for its next expedition in March. Doctors are needed in all specialities but GPs are particularly required. 

Last year a team of six doctors and nurses, alongside a team of healthcare professionals from India, saw 1,000 patients at the camp each day. 

Patients were screened for diabetes, taught blood glucose monitoring and started on insulin. Around 400 people were fitted with hearing aids, while scans, x-rays, blood tests and minor operations were performed on more than 600 people.

Project manager Dr Bangar, a diabetes consultant at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for healthcare professionals to come to India and make a massive difference to the lives of people who are in urgent need of help, and it is a real life-changing experience.’

For more information email slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk

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