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|
|April 2009||Bala Chak||700||74||200|
|Oct 2009||Chuchak Wind||1200||60||100|
|April 2011||Goindwal/Doda/Aklia Kalan||1950||116||603|
|April 2012||Sukha Chirha/Attari||1059||115||304|
|Dec 2012||Kotli Thablan/Amritsar||1011||130||250|
|Dec 2013||Kotli Thablan/Leelkalan||1102||158||400|
|Dec 2014||Sur Singh/Bohru||946||44||426|
|Aug 2015||Jandiala Guru||830||33||142|
|April 2017||Pandori Rahmana/Tangra||2727||169||798|