Multispecialty Camps

Since 2008, ASR has held 3-6 camps annually, with various specialists voluntarily providing free advice and treatment to patients. If necessary, they advise on further investigations and treatment, including operations, which are funded entirely by ASR.

The focus of the camps is vision and in particular cataract, the leading cause for blindness worldwide. India has more people with cataract than any other country, and diagnosis and treatment rates are much lower than desired due to many factors. These include a strained public healthcare system and many people being unable to afford the simple surgery privately.

Those patients found to have cataract have their operations carried out free of charge, with all expenses including transport and follow up being arranged by ASR. They are performed by an ophthalmologist in Amritsar, who uses advanced techniques, including phacoemulsification and specific intra-ocular lenses.

In addition to cataract, patients with all types of medical problems are seen at the camps. Many other operations have been arranged by ASR, including gynaecological, ear, general surgical and orthopaedic operations, for both adults and children. Free reading glasses are provided to those needing them, and other investigations and treatments are arranged and funded by ASR.

See below for a summary of how many we’ve served through our multispecialty camps and pictures from the camps and operations.

Date Camp venue(s) People seen Eye operations Glasses distributed
Feb 2008 Chohla Sahib 450 63 60
Dec 2008 Goindwal/Patti 1200 120 250
April 2009 Bala Chak 700 74 200
Oct 2009 Chuchak Wind 1200 60 100
April 2010 Patti/Hastinapur 1116 75 300
Dec 2010 Patti/Amritsar 1300 89 150
April 2011 Goindwal/Doda/Aklia Kalan 1950 116 603
Dec 2011 Patti/Lauhka/Chuchak 1953 188 703
April 2012 Sukha Chirha/Attari 1059 115 304
Dec 2012 Kotli Thablan/Amritsar 1011 130 250
March-April 2013 Jhanjoti/Dhanachuli 1031 75 482
Dec 2013 Kotli Thablan/Leelkalan 1102 158 400
April 2014 Patti/Tangra 1849 146 619
Dec 2014 Sur Singh/Bohru 946 44 426
March 2015 Kukkar/Tangra 970 45 311
Aug 2015 Jandiala Guru 830 33 142
April 2016 Bohru 1100 70 200
July 2016 Dhulka/Amritsar 1309 54 340
Dec 2016 Daduana/Naurangabad 1682 51 628
April 2017 Pandori Rahmana/Tangra 2727 169 798
Oct 2017 Patti/Lalpur 1768 177 486
TOTAL   27253 2052 7752