Smile Health Camps
Even after decades of freedom, India is struggling to provide basic health services to its people. According to government sources, in India 45 children die every hour due to respiratory infections. 1 child dies every 2 minutes due to diarrhoea. And annually, about 2 million children under 5 years of age die due to preventable diseases.
The situation calls for timely care and diagnosis which can reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality especially among children and women.
Smile Health Camps is one such special initiative of Smile Foundation to provide healthcare services to meet the immediate health care needs of the marginalized community in remote rural areas and slums through standalone camps. Customized health camps are organized extensively across the country offering comprehensive health services – curative, preventive, promotive and referral, to a large number of people in selected intervention areas.
Multi-disciplinary projects include gynaecological, paediatric, ophthalmology and surgical services etc., whereas other interventions can be general in nature. Duration of Smile Health Camps vary between one day and 15 days with frequencies ranging between a month and a year.
The uniqueness of the model lies in its comprehensive approach where health promotion and prevention are given equal importance while curative care is administered.
Many organizations and institutions like Canara Bank, Crompton Greaves, Jain Conference, Blackrock, Surf Excel, Rotary Club of Delhi South, Hindalco Industries Ltd., Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd., AIIMS & Red Cross Society, Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Delhi, Lifeline Hospital, St. Martha Hospital, Vinayak Hospital, Fullerton and Ajay Memorial Foundation have associated with Smile Foundation to conduct Smile Health Camps successfully.
Last Year's Impact
- Smile Health Camp benefitted 24391 people directly
- 96 multi-speciality health camps were conducted across India
- Women amounted to 60% of the total beneficiaries
- Health camps conducted in 150 schools across India
These are specialized camps, in rural areas, that offer integrated multi-disciplinary healthcare services including investigative and surgical interventions, done in make shift hospital environs by a dedicated team of medical experts. The mega health camp provides free diagnosis, medicines, food, accommodation and surgical care. These are instrumental in offering a wide range of medical services to communities residing in remote rural and tribal areas.
These are small duration camps organised in different parts of the country on the basis of health needs of a specific location. These health camps aim at promoting health seeking behaviour in the long term and thus, unlike a general curative health camp, these camps also majorly work on building awareness regarding common ailments, family planning methods, nutrition and hygiene and sanitation. These camps provide comprehensive health services free of any cost.