Medicine Baba Omkarnath Sharma distributes leftover medicines

Omkarnath Sharma of Delhi as 'Medicine Baba' collects leftover pills, capsules and syrups from those who have plenty to spare.
The 79-year-old calls residents to bring out their medicines, rather than throw them away, to donate to Delhi’s millions of desperate poor.
Sharma is hopeful his unorthodox service is making a difference, albeit small, in a country where 65% of the population lacks regular access to essential medicines, according to the World Health Organisation.
In his trademark bright orange smock, Sharma cuts a familiar figure in Delhi’s leafy neighbourhoods, and residents routinely carry out handfuls of medicines for him.
Omkarnath Sharma was first ridiculed, then called a beggar, but now he says that people have begun to respect what he is doing.



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