Since the earthquake six days ago our Nepali friends from Access Health Care have been doing all they can to assist the re-establishment of Nepal.
AHC consists of folks much like myself; we are a group of young and dynamic students and professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, public health and engineering.
The task we are facing is not an easy one and the post-earthquake situation is complicated. Things ares chaotic and as we are working in the field we find many controversies about what should be done and how it should be done.
We do not say that we know the golden solution to the issues that are currently arising and we know that efforts must be diverse and many. However, I can guarantee that our friends are doing all in their power to help. We have a plan, and as we proceed we will adjust to the reality that we meet to the best of our ability.
We have created this site to update you all about our work and we highly appreciate you all following, sharing and creating awareness about the present situation in Nepal.
For those of you who wish to help, donations to our work are can be given through www.acchealthcare.org. All the funding we receive is spent exclusively for the emergency response and the long-term purpose of AHC.
After providing shelter for victims of the earthquake in Kathmandu, our team is now moving towards areas outside the valley.
According to the official numbers from the Government of Nepal, 2071 people have lost their lives in the district of Sindhupalchowk and more than 648 people have suffered from injuries due to the devastating earthquake that has recently occurred in Nepal.
We currently have 10 volunteers that are working hard to assist the people in Sindhupalchowk. The aim of our team is to provide the basic needs of the people in this district which will be adequate for the next month or a month and a half. We also aim to provide medical support. Some of the basic needs at the moment includes food, tents, blankets or quilts (if tents won’t be available green house plastics, thermal plastics), mats or profiles, medications, sanitations and cloths.
Based on the first number of donations from Denmark, the team has bought bagged foods (as shown in the images below), as the risk of Hepatitis and Cholera are high in local stored food.
The current situation is worsening and the safety in Sindhupalchowk is compromised. Many people are still missing their relatives and friends.
You can now help AHC with the necessary support on our front page in order to aid the people in need in Nepal. The ressources will be transferred directly to our team of volunteers that is currently active in Sindhupalchowk.
Musikot (in the same area as Jumlikhalanga and Salle Bajjar) is the administrative centre of Rukum. Dr. Justin of our team lived here while still a child, before moving to Kathmandu. During our visit we stayed at their beautiful traditional Nepali house, where Justins grandmother still lives.
During our stay we also met Mr. Chandra Bahadur Malla, a teacher from Rukumkot, who would be our guide on the way to Sisne and back the following 3 days.
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.
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.
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.