“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.”
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.
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.
Tomorrow, the 28/12, we are leaving for a big trek for about 14-15 days in the
Annapurnas. This morning we went to the top of Sarangath peak near Pohkara to get a view of what where we are going. The view of the Annapurnas from here during sunrise was breathtaking. The highest peak of these mountains is 8091 m, it has 13 peaks over 7000 and 16 additional peaks over 6000 meters. The highest point we will reach on our trek will be 5416 m at the Thorung La pass.
One easily feels very small and almost humble in the presence of these mountains. Now, on the verge of levaing Pokhara, its almost unreal to think that we’re going to spend the next 2 weeks or so in this amazing scenery.