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Support A Village Doctor
Village Doctors in rural regions, are often struggling for money to help purchase medical supplies. In their daily administering to the sick, they outreach to many outlying rural areas suffering huge levels of poverty. It is here the truth of poverty impact really becomes understood. From malnourished children, unattended wounds, dehydration in the heat, hyperthermia in winter along with high levels of thyroid and kidney dysfunction all add to the mammoth task of keeping a Village well.

Their clinic facilities, if they are even lucky to have one, are far more basic than most first world countries can ever imagine. The facilities are more like a field hospital in the middle of a war zone, where makeshift devices are created to function in the same role as a modern appliance. Hygiene is difficult to maintain as patient awareness is strictly limited and equipment is often of low grade.Often a doctor’s family life is pushed to levels of financial struggle in line with their patients. Most patients can't pay, yet need the help. They can feel overworked and powerless in the daily survival struggle to support their community effectively. They don't get governmental support.
By supporting a Doctor with a range of simple, easy to achieve programmes, we can really make a huge difference as to how effective they feel about their role of caretaker to the people and the huge responsibility they carry on their shoulders. Encouragement helps with action steps forward. Through personal liaison with a local Doctor we can establish the needs of the village and create medical equipment purchase lists where funds can be guided to help supply these. We are currently working on developing this idea further by creating a system where funds can't be abused and used inappropriately. At all times we endeavour here at Open Hands Education to ensure to our donors and sponsors that all the money gifted goes exactly where we say it goes. Right now we have started with one simple programme that is easy to monitor and immediately helps our doctor of Sujata Village help people in the village suffering.

BLANKETS FOR THE NEEDY.
Death by pneumonia or hyperthermia in winter times can easily be overcome by warm blankets being quietly distributed to families and the aged in need while the doctor moves from household to household. This is a simple, fast and easy to execute programme. Support comes in, blankets are purchased at the local markets at local prices and then taken immediately on the medical rounds through the community.

PROGRAMME
Purchasing warm blankets for the needy. On average a warm blanket will cost around 725 Rps for a double bed. Cheaper blankets are available but these ones are of high quality.
Emergency Blankets
Medical Supplies
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Jhulan Kumar Founder

"Our village Doctor watched on as his dad died leaving behind a simple yet flourishing business. Instead of closing the shop after his death this medical student made a decision to not sell his dad’s business. Instead he began the juggling game of seeing customers over the counter and patients, when he became a qualified Doctor, on the steps of his shop. He is incredibly kind and generous with his time often gifting his abilities to anyone in need. If I can give back to him in anyway to help him help others then I will do this to repay his great service to my family personally”
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Celia Fuller – WOW Australia

"It's not everyday you witness in action a Doctor doubling as the sweets shop seller. Incredulous, my husband and I watched on as a humble stethoscope wearing doctor walked out of his little overcrowded village shop and began talking to the waiting old people outside. To us it looked like he was just chatting to his shop customers but whilst hanging around waiting to speak with him we watched on as he carried out a saline bag and drip. He handed it to a lady and got her to hold it whilst he used the fluid to clean out her eyes. No sooner had he done that, when he was back selling sweets at the shop counter. He juggled two roles calmly and seamlessly taking everything in his stride. Due to prior visits we knew medical supplies were a real issue to access. This time we were stunned at the rawness of life and how the daily grind and struggle is a constant. We knew if there was any way we could support his efforts then we owed it to him to try. From that visit a very simple idea was born”.
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