MULTIVITAMINS AND LOVE: TALES FROM THE MEDICAL CAMP AT PRASANTHI
In July 1998, during Guru-pournima, I traveled
to Sai Baba's ashram in India with a group of nine young adult
women and three chaperons from the North Central Region. While
there, we volunteered at a medical camp, where I worked mostly
in the makeshift pharmacy, which had the latest drugs as well
as simple necessities such as multi-vitamin pills—all
donated. The days I spent at this free clinic would alter
my life forever.
The camp was located on the upper floor
of the small general hospital attached to the ashram. Patients
began lining up at 5 a.m. for the camp, which opened at 6
a.m. We were joining 108 other volunteers, including doctors,
nurses, and pharmacists, as well as a few people with no medical
background, like myself.