EAR CAMPS HISTORY

earcamps

Ear Camps have gone from strength to strength with the help of many volunteers. We now routinely run three operating tables, have two or more anaesthetists, four surgeons, often a GP and two or three audiologists.

Camps

The International Nepal Fellowship Ear Camps have run at least twice a year since 1993 when we first went to Beni. We wondered how many patients might turn up; we have never looked back! At that time it was a rough drive and needed a series of porters to reach Beni district hospital, now it has a good road and only takes about 4 hours from Pokhara. Since then we have visited most districts in all three western regions of Nepal, some several times. We continued all through the political instabilities and roadblocks. We have had many ‘interesting’ transportation issues involving porters, mules, mud, floods, landslides, breakdowns and remote airfields reached by elderly planes and helicopters. We have done 40 camps, seen tens of thousands of out patients, supplied many medicines, done thousands of middle ear operations and fitted almost as many hearing aids. We started with just a small team and learnt as we went along, now we have offices and full time team members based in Nepal as well as a large number of visiting specialists involved. The ear camp project has expanded to a dedicated core team in Nepal who also do frequent medical camps involving other medical disciplines, particularly women’s health.
In March 2012 we had a busy camp in Gokuleshwar, Darchula district, in the Far West region. As this is being written the next camp will be in November 2012 in Burtibang, in Baglung district of the Western region. We have a few volunteers already allocated to camps as far away as November 2017, though we still need some team members for 2013 onwards.

Thanks

We would like to than
k the huge number of people including surgeons, anaesthetists, GPs, specialist nurses, audiologists and others who have visited, helped, prayed, taken us to and from the airport and all the ladies who knit tirelessly making hats and blankets for the patients, those who have donated equipment and others who have helped in so many ways.

Every camp is memorable. We have had man
y adventures and challenges. We have had many opportunities to see the way that patients live and put up with chronic disease such as ear infection, pain and deafness. The need is enormous.