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A Village Health & Wellness Fair

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Humaira Saleem

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I am 3rd year medical student that is intending to do a health and wellness fair in my village (Dogranwali, Sialkot) back in Pakistan. Being fortunate enough to able to study in the field of Medicine, in a country like U.S.A, i now want to start the process of give back to the unfortunate community in my home country. Being born in Pakistan i believe i have responsibility to serve the people there with the same intentions that i do here in United States. In the 2nd year of medical school we held a Health Fair in a Caribbean country, Aruba. After seeing the success of such a campaign in raising health awareness in the people of Aruba i wanted to carry a similar campaign in my home country. I am choosing the village i came from (Dogranwali) as a place to start in Pakistan because i am well aware of the poverty and health situations of the village. Hypertension, Diabetes, and High cholesterol is a common health concern there too now like all other parts of the world. With this campaign i plan to raise awareness amongst people regarding these medical conditions. Provide people with a day of free blood glucose, and cholesterol levels testing. Have attendees checked for blood pressure, and explain to them where they are standing in terms of their health.
I believe educating people in a country where education is not as readily available as it is to us in U.S.A will be a great step towards disease control and global epidemic of obesity and diabetes. The data we collect from this campaign will be shared with health board of Punjab and Pakistan. This will further notify them how undeserved areas of the country are in a great need of doctors and health education. Such a campaign can also divert attention of new medical graduates of Punjab or medical students in their final years of nearby cities, to decide to do similar campaigns to raise health awareness and to volunteer in undeserved areas of their province of Punjab.
Through this program we can set up a small medical clinic where an accredited medical doctor can serve the community on daily basis. Volunteer medical students and medical doctors can also be provided a portal to serve this village. Along with a clinic a small health services office will be set up which can distribute glucometers to the diabetics along with proper education on diabetes and glucose readings. An accredited nurse will be placed in the medical clinic that will serve the local community in measuring blood pressures and glucose testings.
With the success of this fundraiser i would like to have this health fair on yearly basis hoping to attract a bigger population over years to come. I will also set up health stations in near by villages carrying on with a yearly set up of health fairs there too.

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