For over four decades, Ven Lama Lobzang, driven by Buddhist compassion and zeal has been single handedly spearheading a mission dedicated to the medical and health related activities in the Himalayan Region reaching out to the patients in the remotest of the places especially in the high –altitude areas of Ladakh. He has been rendering assistance to patients in these hard to access areas by facilitating medical diagnosis and organizing annual medical camps in remote and isolated areas of Ladakh. This noble mission is secular in nature and based on Buddhist principle of compassion for all sentient beings and medical camps are held annually in both Leh & Kargil disticts of Laddakh region for past several years where every year we take super specialist doctors from Delhi to Ladakh to treat the poor and needy patients who do not have access to medical facilities. Senior specialist doctors of the country from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, country’s primier hospital, have been graciously and compassionately lending their services at no cost. These medical camps in Ladakh have been greatly appreciated by the poor suffering people of this most inaccessible and backward region of the country.

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The needy patients and those diagnosed with serious ailments requiring urgent treatment are furthered referred and brought to specialized hospitals in Delhi for medical treatment and surgeries. So far thousands of poor patients have been benefited by this project. The project provides emergency treatment to patients suffering with stroke, head injuries and cancer patients requiring chemotherapy & radiotherapy. It also facilitates cardio- thoracic surgery, valve replacement and repair, corrective surgery for congenial heart diseases, brain tumors, kidney dialysis and transplantation and orthopedic joint replacement surgeries.

Ven. Lama Lobzang over the years through voluntary efforts evolved a mechanism for a swift medical action for needy patients in close coordination and consultation with specialist doctors and hospital administrations in New Delhi and local bodies and NGOs and individual donors in the respective areas from where the patient belong to. The actions includes consultation with specialized doctors, urgent hospitalization process, arranging for accommodation for poor patients and their accompanying relatives, mobilizing financial support for high- cost treatments. It is through his individual effort and zeal that Ven. Lama Lobzang has evolved an excellent coordinating method of providing Medicare for acute patients through a pool of doctors from AIIMS. Over the years, as the project gained from strength to strength reaching out to more people in far flung areas a large number of needy patients have been coming for treatment at these annually held medical camps and number of patients coming to Delhi for treatment especially those diagnosed with cancer, which are difficult to detect because of non-availability medical centers in these remote areas, have also risen considerably. Despite all the noble intentions and best efforts the fact of the matter is it is very difficult to provide best and high cost treatment and arrange for both pre- and post operation/ treatment Medicare as well as transportation and accommodation with the individual efforts and goodwill of Ven. Lama Lobzang as Asoka Mission has no viable income generation sources. It is the individual goodwill of the people associated with Ven. Lama Lobzang that has sustained the project for such a long period and is continuing with it. However, for an everlasting sustainability and continuation of the project it is imperative that it is structured in a much more organized manner in both organizational and funding perspective. Towards this noble deed to serve the humanity, irrespective of community, religion and nationality, extension of support in whatever form would be most delightful and highly appreciated.

Asoka Mission organized a Blood Donation camp in association with the Ladakh Students Welfare Society Delhi

Asoka Mission organized a Blood Donation camp in association with the Ladakh Students Welfare Society Delhi on Saturday, 21 February 2015 in the premises of the Asoka Mission, Old MG Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi – 110030. More than 40 Ladakhi students from Delhi University attended the camp and donated blood on the occasion for the blood bank of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The blood donation camp is an initiative of the Asoka Mission Medicare Initiative (AMMCI) which regularly organizes medical camps in Ladakh and other Himalayan regions with the help of senior doctors of AIIMS. It will next be organizing a medical camp for the poor and needy in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in April 2015.

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