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 a bycicle, alternativly a long march on the own feet. Perhaps on the way there is a hope to get a ride on a tractor, motorcycle or a truck.

For the sick, especially the elderly, these are no small hurdles to get to a practice a doctor or a hospital.

The traditional medical camp, which is mainly run by non-profit organizations and also by some hospitals, offers a remedy.

camp: bloodpressure check-up

medical camp: waiting zone

Camp: doctors, nurses, patients

queue in front of examination desk

For a medical camp 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.