Project Medical Outreach was a 4 day project where we went out to different villages each day and treat local Afghan natives. Duting the four day trip, we have successfully helped 1,074 villagers. Day 1, we visited Feteh’Menah and treated 158 patients. Day2, we visited Chucknawar and treated 556 patients. Day3, we visited Regbad and treated 246 patients. Day4, we visited KuzKonar and treated 114 patients. We not only treated local natives, but also donated medical equipments and supplies to local clinics located in those villages.
Due to Afghanistan’s religious cultural background, females are seen by female doctors or female medical professionals most of the time, and male and female patients are separated at all time. So,we tried very hard for weeks to find us a medically trained FEMALE professional (U.S. or Afghan), but was not successful. It would be nearly impossible for us, Dr. Rafi and I, to see the female patients.
However, we were very lucky that the village elders allowed Dr. Rafi and me to see female patients who were in need of our help. Without these elders approval we would have never been able to help the hundreds of female patients.
Most of the patients were just minor sicknesses like common cold, muscle pain, sore throat, headaches, constipation, toothache, stomach ache, etc. Some had more serious conditions like tuberculosis, urinary tract infections (UTI), typhoid, hypertension, dysentery, and other complicated conditions. We gave them what we had, and suggested they visit a clinic or hospital. Some came with birth defects or some other permanent conditions, and asked us to help them. We felt bad for these people who have had to live their lives without toes, legs, vision…
It was a long and tired driving around for four days, but it was very rewarding and very successful. People were extremely thrilled with our help and we thoroughly enjoyed helping them.