INF medical camps in remote areas provide surgical, dental, gynæcological and ear treatment to around 4,000 people each year.
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INF began its medical camps relief work in 1993. The purpose of the INF medical camps is ‘to bring health and hope to the poor of Nepal’.
Since 1993 there have been more than one hundred INF medical camps in many different remote communities in the west of Nepal, treating tens of thousands of outpatients and performing thousands of operations.
An average INF medical camp lasts about a week, treating several hundred outpatients and performing around a hundred operations. Short-term volunteers from around the world [including Nepal] come together with Nepali colleagues to carry out surgical, dental, gynæcological, ear and other types of medical camps.
INF medical camps depend on funding from donor agencies, churches and individuals from around the world. The average cost of a major operation is around US$115, while a minor operation costs around US$40. If they are able to pay anything at all, patients are asked to contribute the Nepali rupee equivalent of US$7 for a major operation and US$3 for a minor operation.
Poor patients are given free food, lodging and clothing. The INF medical camps ‘poor fund’ helps thousands of patients each year with the costs of treatment, the vast majority of patients require financial assistance.