Dear friends & supporters,
The new phase of teaching in Tilonia is well underway. Barefoot Clinics is training local people in acupuncture and is based at the Barefoot College in Rajasthan. Here’s a message from Leilani:
CLASS IS HUMMING
The students are doing a great job; they are sincere, enthusiastic and hard-working. Dr Battacharya sits next to me and translates into Hindi for the class, adding his own unique sense of humor and of course his medical insights, to the procedures. We all enjoy our classes together and apart from much work there is also much laughter and warmth between us all. They have been practicing needle technique from day one – they really enjoy it!
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
We practice acupoint location daily – it is vital that they get to know all the points really well and I always emphasis the need for 100% accuracy in location.
Last week we had a point location test – they had to mark up 25 acupoints in absolute silence, without any book reference. They were more than 90% accurate, an excellent result.
We are currently learning to locate all the points on the back – the trickiest of them all – they are doing a great job.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND ASTHMA
Very soon the students need to learn to listen to and identify problems in the lungs, also how to treat and monitor high blood pressure – clinical tests in our already established Barefoot Clinics show a 96% success rate in our treatment of hypertension. We desperately need stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs – which these student do not have. They need them not only now for study, but for when they return to their own villages to set up practice. (We keep nicking a stethoscope, when needed, from the medical unit – but they need it too!)
Please think of the students and the wonderful work they will be doing now and in the future – do you or anyone you know suffer from high blood pressure? Or asthma? If so, please consider how many patients one of these students can relieve of these worrying conditions, out here in rural India….
Please consider that giving only £50 will buy a student a stethoscope AND a blood pressure cuff for Christmas – its a bargain when you think how much toys cost. If you would like to help more, a mere £10 will buy a simple pen-torch for examining throats and ears.
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All our thanks for your continuing support and the wonderful things you’re helping us to achieve.
The team at barefoot clinics