HKF-WCT and Maharashtra Forest Department join hands to provide Health services to villagers around Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
The first among a series of health camps supported by Hemendra Kothari Foundation-Wildlife Conservation Trust was conducted at a school in Kusumtondi Village, along the periphery of the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary on the October 8, 2011. Services were provided by a group of doctors from Nagpur under the banner "Doctors for Wildlife", while Srushti Paryavaran Mandal was the implementing partner. The aim was to extend free-of-cost specialised medical support to villagers around the fringes of one of Maharashtra's important tiger habitats.
More than 450 people from five different villages availed the medical services. Doctors with expertise in Paediatrics, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Skin, Ophthalmology, ENT and Dentistry inspected the patients. The forest department extended its support by providing free to and fro transport to patients.
35 adolescent girls were given Rubella Vaccines after due consent from their parents and 37 cases of cataract were identified, which will be referred to a Nagpur-based hospital for further treatment. Additionally, general screening for Sickle Cell disease was undertaken during the camp.
Several such camps are being planned in the near future to reach out to remaining villages situated along the periphery of Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary.
Health camps conducted in villages adjoining Protected Areas
HKF-WCT Health Camps conducted between April and September 2011
HKF-WCT Health Camps conducted between November 2009 and March 2011
Health camps initiated at the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala
HKF-WCT supported health camps around the Periyar Tiger Reserve were inaugurated on October 5, 2011. The camps which are part of a collaborative venture between the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Nalam Hospital and Hemendra Kothari Foundation-Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai, will provide health-related services to people living in the vicinity of Periyar as well as to the field staff of the tiger reserve.
Health camps for the field staff of the Kanha Tiger Reserve
HKF-WCT supported health camps for the Forest Department of the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh began on June 14, 2011.
Health camps initiated at Sariska Tiger Reserve
Hemendra Kothari Foundation (HKF) - Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) supported health camps in villages around the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, were inaugurated on June 6, 2011. As in other protected areas, the camps are organized in collaboration with the forest department.
Upcoming health camps