Rural Health Check-Up Camps in Developing Countries

At the end of every year, several non-governmental organisations set-up multi-disciplinary health camps to offer free medical services in the remote villages of developing nations. To facilitate better treatments, they also provide free lodging facilities for both the beneficiaries and people tending to them in the inaccessible areas. The idea is to make the healthcare facilities available to one and all by increasing its outreach.

There are a number of experienced and reputed medical practitioners who tend to the ailing patients at a free-of-cost health check-up facility. They offer medical diagnosis as well as impart information about different diseases and their treatment options. One such health facility may cover a number of villages at a time. Here, the patients do not just avail medical services but also get surgical operations done.

The Most Common Ailments

The surgery cases registered at rural diagnostic camps in developing nations are generally associated with eye, appendix and hernia problems as they quite common now-a-days. The doctors pay special attention to the gynaecological issues of women. A specialized team of medical practitioners conducts the health examination of all individuals living in the rural areas and offers them medical advice regarding ailments and existing treatment facilities.

What Do Beneficiaries Get Out of It?

The beneficiaries are provided with facilities related to the diagnosis and cure of illnesses both at diagnostic health camps. They do not just include pathological investigations but gynaecological check-ups, ENT treatment, sonography and X-ray and dental and eye care is also provided. The services are inclusive of OPD and distribution of medicines other than surgeries and treatment. The surgical interventions specifically cover minor orthopaedic surgery, gynaecological operations, ENT surgery, cataract surgical procedure, Appendicitis and being operated on hernia.

Importance of Quality Healthcare

These camps are extending beyond just focusing upon the examination and treatment of patients and relying on health awareness and good health seeking behaviour too. This is because they believe that it is the only thing that can only contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. In the absence of such quality healthcare in the rural and remote locations of developing countries, setting up a regular camp for it seems to be the most viable option.

Medical guidance is necessary in the areas where hospitals and doctors are scarce as there are many people in the world who die in the need of healthcare services. This also includes the maternal mortality rate with many mothers dying during childbirth making medical supervision important for them. Such women are actually ignorant of their bodies and have little or no knowledge about hygiene. Hence, these camps help doctors investigate the cases and make them informed about the real conditions.

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Corporate Health, Stealth and Wealth

A personal sense of well being has a huge influence on corporate engagement – their sense of self worth & contribution potential. Engagement has 3 core facets:

• intellectual engagement, or thinking hard about the job and how to do it better

• affective engagement, or feeling positively about doing a good job

• social engagement, or actively taking opportunities to discuss work-related improvements with others at work.

The secret to success – We cannot expect employee performance if not physiologically capable of performance parameters. Implicitly, corporate engagement comes down to – focus, cognitive strength, physical stamina & ability to intellectually process data. Having the ability to not let mind clutter infiltrate & sabotage their thought processes, a sense of power to want to accomplish & prove themselves all contribute to employee performance. if the body is not supporting their drive – they can’t do it and whipping the racehorse by threatening dismissal – nah that doesn’t work either.

There are some fascinating studies on testosterone levels, in both men & women, how these people are advantaged in the workplace, their intense desire to perform & move ahead. Healthy testosterone levels go along with a complete, healthy lifestyle including restorative sleep, good nutrition & a good level of physical activity.

It is very possible that a person’s diet is compromising their body’s production of serotonin, harming the gut understanding how that is affecting their focus, or simply not giving them either focus or strength to perform. People need the ability, the health, the physiological support to be engaged, but unfortunately corporate health programs are too generic, not meeting participants’ needs. Tell me, is the nutritional advice the same for a person who body builds with 10 % body fat vs. someone fearful of exercise & has a body fat of 35%? So… if they ask for a nutrition program… they get the same food guide diet?

A thorough corporate wellness program should cover a full range of health diagnostics & health counseling. Yes weight management, exercise, nutrition… but also smoking cessation, sleep, many forms of stress management, relationship stress, medical risk factors, chronic disease management, disease prevention, self efficacy, but most of all the program has to help the participant to connect the dots. So yes, the program has to be designed for the participant’s own unique combination of lifestyle & health challenges, but also provides an integrative, smooth, embraceable approach helping the participant understand how the challenges are all interrelated. The new approach will provide calm & control, inner peace & power, not be intimidating or intrusive!

A thorough assessor & assessment are extremely key to the success of the program. The 5 “A” s, Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist & Arrange – but each one needs to serve as a template for discovery & trial. It is a journey of discovery, providing deep introspection for the employee & allowing them to build their own program based on their needs. Providers have the potential of discovering issues & triggers that the participant themselves did not fathom the potential as a health saboteur.

In every form of health modification, there is a very strong dose-response relation – targeting focus & impact of the counseling is directly related to success achieving the desired health outcome. Specialized providers through a detailed lifestyle analysis can match the employee to the health coaches best suited for the person, and with the participants permission – coaches in a truly individualized program, can exchange information, ideas, protocol… all to assure consistent messages & support are being provided. The assessor can also perform as a coordinator of the entire program for the participant.

Time: A good program coordinator, provider, health coach knows that “I have no time” is an excuse. Clearly, incorrect programs have been presented before, that were not respectful of time & employee demands. Any program on any topic of health modification, must have an endless supply of creative alternatives for reaching the goal, try them out, tweak, adjust, maybe even back to the drawing board… these are all normal growing pains of a program. We have to have the rapport, the ability to capture the participant’s faith & trust t be willing to try new possibly absurd ideas… that just could work!

Meaningfulness is the most important driver of engagement for people- providing a meaningful program… designed to empower participants to self efficacy & strength, not defeat – that is how we bring out the very best in a person. No more automated superficial programs based on generalized populations – but lets get to each & everyone’s own little ecosystem!

Shira Litwack… proud creator of thousands of health & fitness enthusiasts worldwide
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