The lack of availability of proper medical facilities, health practitioners and health education in the Himalayan regions fuels and motivates Divine Shakti Foundation volunteers to serve tirelessly in improving the overall well-being of the Himalayan people, as well as serving the under-served and needy population.
Unfortunately for many, quality medical care is simply not available. People living in Himalayan villages often have to walk kilometers just to reach the main road, then must travel by shared jeep long distances to visit doctors or get medicine. All this why suffering from illness, wounds or even broken bones.
DSF is committed to providing health care to those who would otherwise go untreated. To this end, we sponsor and support numerous health care programs and run regular free health care camps in Rishikesh and surrounding rural areas as well as in other rural and mountainous areas.
These numerous free medical health care camps, range from urology camps to eye camps (including free cataract surgeries), dental camps, and include nearly every discipline. Additionally we provide vitamin A and deworming medicines to the children. Thousands of patients receive free testing, diagnoses, medicines and treatment for ailments that would otherwise cause unnecessary suffering by being undiagnosed and untreated. DSF’s dedicated team has also offered free medical services during the Kanwad Mela, caring for more than 700 patients throughout the month long festival Season, and free and quality medical services and comprehensive checkups were provided to each of the over 100 Rishikumars at the Parmarth Gurukul multiple times a year.
At these camps we look to serve the patients in as many ways as possible, we also educate and empower the villagers with greater awareness of environmental sustainability, and instill better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene habits, and look to take any available steps to prevent illness so that they may live healthier, happier lives.
Some of the villages DSF is working in are only accessible by foot, and often there are no proper rooms to examine patients, electricity is unavailable, and there are no toilets. When facilities are not available, medical camps are held under the shades of a tree or near the river bank. Yet, even with these conditions, hundreds of people come from all around to receive quality medical care.
These medical camps have already had positive effects on the villages, with word of mouth spreading far and wide, as DSF is now being requested by Gram Panchayats and Pradhans from villages across the state of Uttarakhand.