Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that affect the upper lip and roof of the mouth. They happen when the tissue that forms the roof of the mouth and upper lip don't join before birth. The problem can range from a small notch in the lip to a groove that runs into the roof of the mouth and nose. This can affect the way the child's face looks. It can also lead to problems with eating, talking and ear infections.



Treatment usually is surgery to close the lip and palate. Doctors often do this surgery in several stages. Usually the first surgery is during the baby's first year. With treatment, most children with cleft lip or palate do well.

Trinity Care Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization focusing on Craniofacial SurgeriesSchool Health and Outreach Health Programs in Karnataka, India.
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Cleft Lip

Cleft lip (split of the upper lip) is a common congenital deformity. It occurs when the separate areas of the face that develop individually and then join together, do not join properly. Cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip and often includes the bones of the maxilla and/or the upper gum.




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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mobile Health Camp at Somanathapura Village

On the 9th of December 2012, Trinity Care Foundation conducted a Free Mobile Health camp in Somanathapura Village Government School in Bagepalli Taluk, Chickaballapura District, Karnataka, India. 

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This medical camp aimed at providing basic healthcare services focusing on Orthopedics, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Diabetology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Pediatrics & Ophthalmology. Basic Medicines were provided free of cost.

The Organization worked in conjunction with government health officials, Gram Panchayath Members and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL members in order to organize this event.

Health Workers from villages were directed in advance to escort patients to this camp. In order to spread the word about the camp, the foundation organized press releases in local newspapers and also put up advertisement posters in and around the village. Additionally local help was taken to cover the event.

A team of 36, including 18 Doctors as well as observers from HAL, Bangalore, set out from Bangalore early in the morning and arrived at Somanathapura Government School, the site of the camp at around 10:00 am. The Village is 148 Kilometers from Bangalore City towards Devanahalli.

Once there, the team began examining patients – who consisted mostly of young children and Adults – to determine the extent of their problems and decide on a possible course of action to correct these problems. Patients were examined by our team of doctors. 

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The team distributed Medicines, conducted GRBS Tests and provided Dental Treatments on the Mobile Dental Unit. Around Six Hundred people were examined for various problems. The doctors explained to each patient – and in many cases, parents and other relatives of these patients as well – exactly what procedures needed to be done to cure them. While the team had anticipated a problem in convincing patients of the need for surgery, there did not appear to be any such issue. 

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Each person examined was given a diagnosis and a prescription sheet, and some patients were also asked to come into Bangalore for surgeries on a given date.

The camp closed at 3:30 pm, after every single patient had been observed. Fluoride is the main cause in Bagepalli Taluk. Problems caused by fluoride include Dental Fluorosis - a disease of the teeth, weakening of bones and bone loss, bone cancer, kidney problems and hormone disruption.

Patients who require surgery will be treated at hospitals in Bangalore in the near future.

Trinity Care Foundation hopes to build on its successes by organizing such camps soon. This Mobile Health Camp was conducted for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative focusing on Community Health.

Trinity Care Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization focusing on Craniofacial Surgeries, School Health Programs and Outreach Health Programs in Karnataka, India. 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Outreach Health Programme in Madhakavarapalli Village

On the 17th of November 2012, Trinity Care Foundation conducted a free medical camp in Madhakavarapalli Village in the Government School in Bagepalli Taluk,Chickaballapura District, Karnataka, India.


This medical camp aimed at providing basic healthcare services focusing on Orthopedics, Gynecology, Dermatology, Diabetology, Cardiology, Dentistry,Pediatrics & Ophthalmology. Basic Medicines were provided free of cost.

The Organization worked in conjunction with government health officials, Gram Panchayath Members and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited members in order to organize this event. Health Workers workers from villages were directed in advance to escort patients to this camp. In order to spread the word about the camp, the foundation organized press releases in local newspapers and also put up advertisement posters in and around the village. Additionally local help was taken to cover the event.



A team of 27, including 14 Doctors as well as observers from HAL, Bangalore, set out from Bangalore early in the morning and arrived at Madhakavarapalli Village Government School, the site of the camp at around 10:30 am.The Village is 145 Kilometers from Bangalore City towards Devanahalli.
Once there, the team began examining patients – who consisted mostly of young children and Adults – to determine the extent of their  problems and decide on a possible course of action to correct these problems. Patients were examined by our team of doctors.


The team distributed Medicines, conducted GRBS Tests and provided Dental Treatments on the Mobile Dental Unit. Nearly Three Hundred and Fifty Three people were examined for for various problems. The doctors explained to each patient – and in many cases, parents and other relatives of these patients as well – exactly what procedures needed to be done to cure them. While the team had anticipated a problem in convincing patients of the need for surgery, there did not appear to be any such issue.





Each person examined was given a diagnosis and a prescription sheet, and some patients were also asked to come into Bangalore for surgeries on a given date. The camp closed at 3:30 pm, after every single patient had been observed. Fluoride is the main cause in Bagepalli Taluk. Problems caused by fluoride include Dental Fluorosis - a disease of the teeth, weakening of bones and bone loss, bone cancer, kidney problems and hormone disruption. Patients who require surgery will be treated at hospitals in Bangalore in the near future.

Trinity Care Foundation hopes to build on its successes by organizing such camps soon.This Mobile Health Camp was conducted for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL),Bangalore as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focusing on Community Health.

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Good Health Practices Start Young

A healthy body is the best start for children who are studying at school, as it helps them to learn more effectively and gives them the best start in life. A good education leads to more opportunities and a better income as the child becomes an adult, and good personal health allows children to flourish in the classroom.

By providing medical examinations for students on entry to the school and educated observation by the class teacher, the Indian School Health Committee aims to prevent and cure illnesses and disease that can hinder a child scholastically. However, this scheme has so far failed to bring about successful results due to the lack of follow up checks, funding issues in schools, and ineffective co-operation between local authorities, schools and parents. That’s why the Trinity Care Foundation has introduced school heath programs.

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Simple solutions

Some of the problems suffered by young students in Indian schools are relatively simple to treat or could be prevented through better health education.

Anaemia due to poor diet is a common health problem which can be both preventable and easy to treat in children. Symptoms of anaemia in children include weakness, fatigue, headaches and irritability. It is known to affect performance at school, causing a decrease in attention span and even learning difficulties.

Fortunately, anaemia can usually be treated by taking iron tablets on a daily basis, or alternatively through a healthy diet. Iron-rich foods can combat anaemia; these include include chicken and meat – in particular liver – as well as beans, lentils, eggs and fish.

In terms of dental hygiene, with regular brushing of teeth and a healthy diet, children are less likely to have cavities. Unfortunately, there are children who may have never seen a dentist and attempt to live life with rotten teeth. 

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Bad teeth can cause more problems than you might have first realised. Obviously, there is the level of pain a child has to suffer through – but take into account attempting to learn or do an exam with toothache. The constant pain can cause children to perform at a standard lower than what they are capable of, which sets them at a disadvantage even so early in life.

Through school health programmes, problems such as these can be spotted early – usually by the class teacher – and the effects on learning and a child’s future minimised.

Health into adulthood

As children grow into adults, they will carry lessons in health with them, allowing them to benefit from a happier and more fulfilled life. However, it is also important to ensure parents and other adults in the community are educated in a similar way. Reinforcing healthy living at home encourages these habits in the next generation.

Community outreach programs bring health education and screening into the heart of a community, allowing adults to benefit from these important life tools. Trinity Care Foundation takes quality healthcare direct to underprivileged communities, allowing them to benefit from it. 

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The community outreach program provides a wealth of health screening solutions – from dentistry to gynaecology – and offers medicines free of charge. This is helping to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in Indian society, preventing needless deaths by providing easy to access treatment for diseases, as well as education regarding common illnesses.

Child to adult – a journey in good health

When good health practices are observed by the entire community, it provides a wealth of benefits. Children who are more alert in school can perform better – and a better education provides a route to employment and income, which is ideal for deprived areas. 

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Understanding the nutrients that a body requires to stay active and healthy leads to a better diet, which is beneficial for preventing a range of different health problems. A community of healthy adults poses a lesser strain on local hospitals and healthcare providers, meaning they can dedicate more time and money to curing and treating difficult illnesses.

Additionally, a community in better health is stronger, more active and more productive. This is especially useful in rural villages where farming is the main source of work. People in areas like this often don’t have access to a doctor, dentist or hospital – but they depend on their bodies to be able to work in the fields and bring in an income. Preventative healthcare such as that brought through outreach health programs, allows access to doctors and dentists to resolve issues before they become serious, and even fatal problems.