Through its efforts, Chaupal has touched the lives of millions of people. Here are a few of their stories.
As she walked toward Dr. Monika's desk in the Chaupal camp in village Khera, Seema trembled with fear. She could barely utter the words, "I am unable to breathe and my heart is pounding. Please help me." After a thorough physical exam, ECG, and pulmonary function test, all of which were normal, the doctors were convinced that her real problem lay deeper than the breathing difficulty. She was referred to the adjoining desk of Dr. Prabhu Dayal MD, team psychiatrist who took her in confidence and obtained her detailed history. It was discovered that she was suffering from deep anxiety due to domestic violence. Her husband's dependence on alcohol had wrought havoc in her life. She was given medication, and her husband was counseled. They diligently followed treatment and came for follow-ups in the next several camps. Her sleep cycle returned to normal and there was peace in her household once more. Now, when there is a health camp in the area, Seema makes it a point to visit to show her support for Chaupal.
HEALTHY KIDS, HAPPY STUDENTS
One of the hallmark programs of Chaupal is ensuring children in school are hale and hearty so they can focus on studies and extra-curriculars. Chaupal health camps conduct a comprehensive physical, dental, and eye exam for all school-going children in every village that hosts the health camp. These kids are then given a medical card that documents any health issue that they may have. Large-scale deworming, nutritional supplements, and other medicines and eye glasses are provided. Chaupal also asks the children's parents to bring the kids to the health center in Banyapur for immunization. Kids enjoy their physical exams and take the results very seriously. Those who can't see the blackboard in class are thrilled to receive a pair of spectacles. The health camp in village Rajpur found 35 out of the 550 children screened in the eye exam to have impaired vision. Sushma, a 16-year old from village Rajpur, was unable to see the blackboard for four years and kept up in class by borrowing notes from her friends. "Chaupal gave me glasses. I don't struggle to see anymore. This is the best gift I have ever received in my life, " says Sushma with tears welling up in her eyes. The kids get very excited upon seeing new visitors - the Chaupal team - in their villages. They attend the camps in droves and pull their mothers from homes to meet the doctors.
A STAR ATHLETE
Amit Saroha is a national level athlete and a silver medal winner in the Asian Games. He is also an avid supporter of Chaupal and a fan of Founder Chairman, Dr. Tonk. Amit became paralyzed and a quadriplegic after meeting with an accident in Delhi. Chaupal provided him with physiotherapy and psychological support to aid his recovery. The organization also put his case before the government for financial aid and prize money that he was able to secure.
A HEALTHY HEART
A child Ramu, 16 years old, was hardly able to walk couple of steps when he came to the health camp. He was examined by the Chaupal team and found to have a congenital heart effect. The team then took him to Delhi where he was operated upon. His condition improved dramatically and now he is working as a computer assistant in a school.