Caring for the homeless
Dr S. Madhusudhan. Teddy Mobile Clinic
Kuala Lumpur 2017
Dr. S. Madhusudhan first started to provide free medical check-ups for the homeless with Kechara Soup Kitchen.
There came a point when Dr Madhu, as everyone calls him, decided that there needed to be a day dedicated for the homeless and that was when he decided to start the Teddy Mobile Clinic. His nickname came about as the homeless children would sometimes receive a teddy bear during his visits.
When the clinic was first started, Dr Madhu was the only doctor but his brother, S. Krishna, who is also a doctor soon joined the clinic followed by his sister, S. Sudheshna, a pharmacist.
People often ask why the homeless do not seek treatment at hospitals. Would they be welcome if they did? The distance is sometimes too far for them to travel to. There is also a psychological reason as they feel not worthy of medical attention.
Many have come to Kuala Lumpur to make a living. Some fail while others succeed but it is reassuring that no matter what, Dr Madhu and his volunteers are out there for anyone who needs medical care.