In July 2022 ATMA President Indy Sahota joined Dr. Norboo and the Ladakh Institute of Prevention Team in conducting a medical camp in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh. The Zanskar Valley is one of the most remote and difficult to reach regions of Ladakh, with poor healthcare infrastructure and access to the district hospital in Leh. Due to the pandemic, Dr. Norboo and team had been unable to reach Zanskar for the past 3 years which meant that conducting this camp was a high priority.
Over the 7 days, working 12-16h a day, we were able to provide comprehensive medical assessments and screening exams for over 220 people. All patients received a full medical assessment, ECG, echocardiogram, blood pressure check, abdominal ultrasound, pulmonary function tests as well as screening blood tests for hepatitis, thyroid issues, diabetes, dyslipidemia and other medical issues. Any medications they required were provided free of charge.
These assessments meant that people in the region not only received the care they need now, but helped identify medical problems at an earlier stage in the hopes that we can prevent them from worsening. When primary healthcare structures are non-existent being able to screen for diseases and initiate treatment early is key in keeping people safe and healthy in the long-term. These ATMA-LIP medical camps across Ladakh do just that. Alongside this we also work with the local government to try and bolster primary healthcare infrastructure so that one day people in these regions of Ladakh receive adequate primary care throughout the year.
We have included some pictures of the camp below. Please note that, as always at ATMA, pictures were taken with consent obtained in the local language.
Finally we would like to thank each and every one of you that contributed to our medical camps this year, whether financially or by sharing our campaign with friends and family. These camps could not happen without your support and so from the bottom of our hearts - thank you.