Karmi Farm Clinic is located in North Eastern India near Darjeeling, at the foothills of the Himalaya on the Sikkim border.
This is a remote area of India, the road conditions are poor and the nearest hospital is a 3 to 4 hour walk away. Even then, the hospital is often under-staffed and regularly has problems sourcing medical supplies. Because of these problems, the Karmi Farm clinic was set up to run as a “first-stop” medical centre for the local people, most of whom are subsistence farmers, eking out a meagre living from the land. The clinic frequently deals with work-related injuries and accidents such as machete cuts, as well as also providing treatment for common conditions like scabies, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis.
Achievements so far
As well as setting up the clinic itself, Karmi have also been running health-education campaigns. Over the last couple of years, the clinic has supported many local families by supplying removable washable bedding and washing facilities as part of a scabies eradication campaign. This has led to a decrease in the number of scabies cases in an ever expanding area around the clinic. In the last year, the clinic has also funded trips for some of the ladies in the area to take advantage of the sterilisation programme at the main hospital in Darjeeling. The Clinic follows through with post-surgical care. This is an ongoing Government programme and so far the clinic has provided transport and after care for over 50 of the local ladies.
Supporting the clinic
We visit Karmi Farm and the clinic on all our Darjeeling overland tours, so you can experience the fantastic work that this project is involved in first hand. Many travellers choose to make a donation to the clinic when visiting the farm – and if you are a Doctor or a Nurse, you may be interested in speaking to Karmi direct about the possibility of volunteering at the clinic.