This is the last day of the 2022 medical caravan, after 8 very intense days of consultations.
A total of 1215 children were received by the volunteers, with an average age of 9 years. Of these 1215 patients, 1196 received paediatric consultations, 1086 underwent a vision test (268 pairs of glasses were provided), and 469 were seen by the ophthalmologistsAnd finally, 305 medical prescriptions were filled by the pharmacists. Among all the children present on this edition, 83 were taken on by the caravan's patient follow-up team . The diagnoses are often similar from one region to another: rhinitis and allergies linked to dust, umbilical hernias, heart murmurs, but also children with physical or mental disabilities, such as Down's syndrome or autism . These young patients are treated with lots of attention : the volunteers offer them games or toys that will help them develop their intellectual or motor skills.
In addition to the medical consultations, Cœur de Gazelles distributed a great many donations, offered by the Gazelles, to the children, their families, but also to the nomads of the region. The principle ? Tailor each donation bag to the needs of the individual : for example, nomads receive blankets and warm clothes, while village families receive donations according to their standard of living (basic necessitiesst are added when it comes to poorer families), to ensure that each person leaves with everything they need to improve their living conditions.
The Cœur de Gazelles team returns exhausted but happy from its emotional last day at the Aboubaker Razi school. In addition to the kindness and warmth of the welcome given by the director, teachers and partner association, the volunteers had an eventful day.
In parallel with the consultations, the team's midwives, Noura and Hanan, carried out 2 emergency consultations, one on Aïcha, 40, who is experiencing a late and therefore dangerous pregnancy, and the other on Zahra, who suffers from gestational diabetes. The two future mothers leave relieved to have been seen and reassured by the team.
For their part, Aziz and HTA, the paediatric surgeons, have not been idle either! Not one, not two, but three surgical interventions were carried out today. Firstst, the suturing of a small wound, was very simple to perform. The other two, the removal of lipomas or benign tumors, took a little longer: one was on the patient's arm, and the other, much larger, was removed directly from the patient's skull. These interventions are safe, and will greatly ease the daily lives of the patients.
Finally, the other volunteers took care of giving two new wheelchairs. The first was given to a student at the school, Amina, 15, who had her left leg amputated. The second was given to the grandmother of Salh, one of the caravan volunteers, who, because of her age and state of health, can no longer move on her own.
A total of 10 wheelchairs were distributed throughout the 2022 caravan. The volunteers also left one with each school, association or clinic they worked with, so that they could hand them in when needed.
The day ended on a high note, with a lovely thank-you ceremony prepared by the school director and the children. Thank you diplomas, small gifts, songs, dances, giggles... A lot of emotions for the volunteers, who alternate between the relief of having carried out their mission and the heartbreak of the end of the caravan and the general goodbye that will soon take place…
Cœur de Gazelles thanks the volunteers from the bottom of their hearts for the dedication and professionalism they have shown during this edition. Without them, the story would never be so beautiful!
We also thank the Gazelles and all our donors, as well as our wonderful partners: Photoweb, France, Goodyear, Aïcha, Dupessey, Sidi Ali and the Diana Holding Foundation. Their unfailing support allows us to achieve our purpose: to help people in need, in a concrete and lasting way..