“Access Health Care Nepal mobilises national and international medical practitioners, biomedical engineers and other health care workers to provide research for development in rural areas of Nepal. The current AHCN effort is established in three phases: 1) documenting the health care needs of rural Nepal, 2) conducting rigorous in-field medical, biomedical engineering and public health research 3) providing sustainable solutions for rural health care services and financing hereof in regions of interest.”
Access Health Care Nepal is very excited about our collaboration with AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors) Nepal. AMDA is an collection of 33 doctors and runs three hospitals, as well as several other programs and projects in collaboration with other organizations. AMDA is located mostly in the eastern regions of the country, and has committed to supporting AHCN as we target Rukum district in western Nepal.
AMDA has supplied our health camp with medication donations so that we can conduct general health check ups. After supplying basic medical care and treatment, we will test for HIV since migrant families are at high risk of contracting STIs in northern India.
Our team left Jumlakhalanga today and will be continuing on foot. They had great meetings with district officers in Jumlakhalanga to discuss the health care needs in Rukum and the potential for biomedical engineering assistance through partnerships with Engineering World Health. They will most likely not have access to the Internet until they return next week, so we will continue to update as best we can until the end of the health camp.
Please continue to share our story and encourage people to support our cause. Our goal is to have finished our fundraising campaign by the time the health camp is over. Thank you for your continued support.
Meetings in Jumlakhalanga
Today we will arrive in Rukum, traveling through Lamahi, Ghori, Tulsipur, Shitalpati, and Kotmola before reaching our destination of Jumlikhalanga. Here we we will visit the local district hospital to identify areas of need. Our meetings with the NRC and the district officer Mr. Bharat will help us understand more about the infrastructure in the region and determine where we can travel to and how we can get there.
On our way to Jumlikhalanga, we visited the Nepali Youth Foundation (NYF) nutrition center in Ghorani. The center admits malnourished children and their mothers for free for periods of around three months while the children are nurtured back to health. During this time, the mothers are educated on how to cook inexpensive but nourishing food.
During our trip, we will work with the NYF to identify malnourished children, who will then be transported to the center with their mothers free of charge.
Watch from 3:55. Apart from the fact that we will need to get around to many places locally in Rukum, this is a good reason why we are going to there by jeep.
Nepal is know to have the most dangerous airports in the world. According to this video, this one is the worst.
Kathmandu traffic does get worse than this. Still this video illustrates it pretty well.
It’s not always easy to conduct health projects in a country with an infrastructure like Nepal.
The last two days the AHCR has had meetings with Professor at Chitwan Medical College, Dr. Harish Chandra Neupane and Mr. Nirmal Rimal, project coordinator at AMDA Nepal. Both have shown a great support of our work. We are truly thankful for the guidance of Dr. Harish and Mr. Nirmal Rimal!
Furthermore AHCR has initiated a collaboration with Mr. Nirmal Rimal of AMDA-Nepal and through them, we will assist the Nepali Red Cross in Rukum to perform HIV/AIDS tests of the people we will treat.
See more about AHCR on our page.
Ever since the first time I was in Nepal, I’ve been yearning to go back and really do something for the people I met there. It might have been the parents who lived too far away to bring their sick children to a hospital before it was too late, or maybe the mothers who are in constant fear that they will become pregnant, a condition that should be joyous, but instead is all too often lift-threatening in Nepal. Then there were the others, those who were left without treatment, sometimes to die, simply because the hospital was too busy on that day — or because the family couldn’t afford the necessary treatment. They died due to lack of medication, lack of equipment and lack of funds. It all comes down to a lack of access to healthcare.
With the small and newly founded association Acces Health Care Nepal (AHCR), we have arranged our first project starting on sunday, the 26th of november 2014. Our team consists of Dr. Justin Jung Malla, Dr. Saujan Shreshta, photographer and MBA Finance Mr. Rajkumal Siwal, nurse Ms. Ashmita Malla, and myself (B.Sc Biomedical Engineering). Together we have created AHCR. Our first mission a health camp in Rukum District. Rukum was one of the sites of Maoist insurgency in Nepal and is today one of the poorest and most neglected areas in the country, where access to health care is either scarce or completely non-existant.
You can help us with a donation of your choice at http://gofundme.com/g1mdns. Your help will be greatly appreciated by the people in need of health services in Rukum.
With us we bring medication and basic means of treatment. Our doctors will to treat the patients we meet. Equally importantly, we will document the health care situation in Rukum in articles, that will be shared on this blog as a launching point to reach as far as we possible. As biomedical engineer, I will write a technical report about the health care situation in Rukum with suggestions to projects, that may benefit the health care sitution in the area.
Below are some pictures from previous health camps I have attended in Nepal.