Public transport is scarce in the flat countryside of northern India, both in terms of local coverage and frequency. Schoolchildren still have it best. They are often picked up by shared taxis or school buses.

Adults either need a car themselves, which hardly anyone can afford, or they hope to get a ride on a tractor, motorcycle or truck.

For the sick, especially the elderly, these are no small hurdles to get to a practice or a hospital. The traditional medical camp, which is mainly offered by non-profit organizations, but also by some hospitals, offers a remedy.

Patienten warten, bis sie an der Reihe sind, untersucht zu werden
medical camp: waiting zone
Untersuchung bei einem Camp
camp: bloodpressure check-up
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Ärzte, Krankenschwestern und weitere Helfer bei einem Camp 2013
Camp: doctors, nurses, patients
Medical Camp 2013: Warteschlange vor einem Untersuchungstisch
queue in front of examination desk
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For this you need a central location in a village, for example an open field or a schoolyard, a tent, better a room in a building or even a minibus converted into a practice, a mobile clinic.

The camp is announced with posters, the rest is done by word of mouth. Usually there are already several people waiting at the appointment who want to be examined and advised.

Simple illnesses are treated on site, more complicated ones often have to be taken to hospital. If the organizer himself has a medical facility, he often brings an ambulance or a minibus for seat transport.