Himalayan Healthcare

The mission of Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) is to create sustainable development programs in the remote areas of Nepal that will improve the quality of life for its people. Himalayan HealthCare achieves its mission by providing primary healthcare, community education, and income generation programs that enable people to be self-supporting in the long-term.
Feb 5, 2014

Himalayan Healthcare Winter 2014 Update

HHC provides dental care in remote villages.
HHC provides dental care in remote villages.

Himalayan Healthcare had a great year in 2013 and we are hopeful of an even more productive year in 2014.  We would like to thank everyone who has supported us with their time and funds to provide healthcare, education and income generation for the people of Nepal. In 2013 we have been able to work with fantastic partner organizations such as GlobeMed and Rotary Club. Sadly, for the first time in over 20 years we cancelled our fall medical trek due to the political instability during elections in Nepal and the inability to guarantee the safety of our medical volunteers or staff members.

We are very happy to announce that the political climate is improved and our spring medical trek will take place as planned. We already have a full roster of medical volunteers and anticipate a very successful trek.

We are also very thankful for our international volunteers.   One such volunteer, Dr. Ernesto Jones, spent three months working in the town of Ilam training medical providers. He is now spending an additional 6 weeks in the area providing training to local health care providers there.

We continue to work with the Rotary Club of Kopundole in Kathmandu and receive funding through a generous Rotary Club in New York. We completed our 2013 project with our Rotary Club colleagues building 50 latrines and 100 stoves. Since December, we are also now able to map each location with GPS coordinates to provide additional transparency to our work. The new efficient woodstoves in homes in these villages will reduce dangerous exposure to smoke and decrease fuel needs, preventing deforestation. We will continue to work with the Rotary Club in 2014.

We will also continue to work with GlobeMed in 2014. In January we will meet the 5 new participants of the team. These students will live and work in remote villages for four months in 2014.

We have continued to provide medical care at our hospital in Ilam with a record number of patients (3,600) being seen in medical camps in the surrounding villages in 2013. This winter we have run a dental sealant program in the villages surrounding Ilam. Dr. Krishna, a dentist working with us, has been visiting one school per week providing sealants to the children in the schools. Last week at the Janakalyan school the teeth of 61 patients were sealed.

The health care program continues in the rural villages as well. We have helped to purchase land to open a health center in the Lapa village called Kapurgaon. This health center will function as a private-public partnership with the Nepali government. In addition, we are making improvements in Sherthung so it can be the major health center for three villages. As reported in our Summer 2013 update, we are funding the education of villagers, such as one local woman who will finish training as a health assistant and will work in the Sherthung health center; and another, who will finish training as a lab tech and work in Sherthung as well.

Finally, in 2013 our handicrafts business, Jeevan Kala, generated $17,000 in wages to 200 local artisans from the sale of their products. We will continue to expand this as a method of income generation for the artisans as well as to provide funds for the medical care in the villages.

We look forward to your new or continued support of Himalayan Healthcare in 2014. Your assistance is crucial to our work and we are grateful for our GlobalGiving supporters!

Nov 5, 2013

Fall 2013 Himalayan Healthcare Update

Taking a patient
Taking a patient's blood pressure in Nepal.

Fall 2013 Himalayan Healthcare Update

Himalayan Healthcare continues to work with the people in rural Nepal to provide medical care, build toilets and stoves and provide educational opportunities.  We have continued to provide medical services at our hospital in Ilam with a medical camp being held in a village near there in August and a gynecologic camp in September.  We continue to work with our Rotary Club colleagues to safe build latrines and efficient stoves to increase people’s daily health. 

A medical camp was held in August in the village Antu Danda in Ilam.  Patients came from the surrounding area and waited in long lines while 375  patients were seen over two days.  Patients had access to physician-level care as well as pharmacy and laboratory services.

Dr. Paula Dhanda arrived with a team of medical volunteers to provide medical and surgical education at our hospital in Ilam this September.  They were involved in training surgeons and midwives from the Ilam area.  960 patients were seen and 36 gynecologic surgeries performed over the course of the week.

 We continue to work with the Rotary Club of Kopundole in Kathmandu and receive funding through a generous Rotary Club in New York.  We have a village latrine program and have built 50 toilets since January in the villages of Tipling, Sherthung and Lapa; 50 more toilets will be completed in 2013.  We have also built 100 new efficient woodstoves in homes in these villages to reduce dangerous exposure to smoke and to decrease fuel needs, preventing deforestation.

It is with great sadness that we cancelled our fall medical trek – the first time in 20 years we have ever had to do this - due to the current political instability in Nepal.  There is an impending Maoist (Vaidya group) shutdown (bandh) for 10 days.  This shutdown is in opposition of the elections and will start on November 11th, the same day our trek was to begin.  Because of this unstable political climate, we could not guarantee the safety of our medical volunteers or staff members.  As an extra precaution, the Nepali government is mobilizing the army for protection of the election centers; this is not normal protocol for elections.  The government has stated that they would not be able to provide us with security or predict the situation.  A spring trek, however, is planned for April.

Your continued support of our organization in these difficult political times is crucial to our work and we are grateful for all the support we have received from our Global Giving supporters.  We are hopeful that the political situation will stabilize and we will be able to return to the villages in the Dhading region soon.

Patients waiting to see the doctor.
Patients waiting to see the doctor.

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Aug 5, 2013

Summer 2013 Update: Himalayan Helathcare

Outpatient medical clinic, Ilam Hospital
Outpatient medical clinic, Ilam Hospital

Summer 2013: Himalayan Healthcare

Himalayan Healthcare continues to provide care in rural Nepal, with special medical treks in April and November.  In recent months we ran a medical clinic in the village of Sumbek in eastern Nepal, worked with our partner GlobeMed on several new projects, and continued to build efficient stoves and toilets with support from the Rotary Club.  Our educational projects have continued in the villages of Lapa, Tipling and Khading.  We also hosted business students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School to investigate options to improve the sustainability of our hospital in Ilam.     

Dr. Susan George, a pediatrician who has volunteered with Himalayan Healthcare since 2008, was at our hospital in Ilam from June 9th to the 18th.  She is involved in a research project—“Study of the impact of neurological diseases in children and their families in Ilam district”.  In addition, she provided care at a medical camp in the village of Sumbek in June.  165 patients were seen at this clinic, indicating the continuing need for medical care in the region.

Himalayan Healthcare works with Globe Med on many projects.   This summer, a GlobeMed team of five students on the Grass Roots On-siteWork (GROW) program are in the village of Tipling for 8 weeks.  These students taught English, math and science at the Dhongden Devi school, and worked on the latrine and stove projects.  They have also aided with a health survey and a malnutrition project.

HHC also partners with the Rotary Club of Kopundole in Kathmandu and receive funding through a Rotary Club in New York.  From this support we have a village latrine program and have built 50 toilets since January. We have also built 100 new efficient woodstoves in homes in these villages to reduce dangerous exposure to smoke and to decrease fuel needs, preventing deforestation.  A trainer trekked up to the villages from Kathmandu to train the blacksmiths in making tin boxes to place over the new woodstoves to help with radiation of heat inside the house for the cold winter months.

Looking forward, we are creating three new first aid centers in isolated villages.   Over two thousand people live in isolation and have to travel long and arduous distances to access medical care.  This project will provide emergency care for the Hindung ward of Sherthung village, Nebir and Khading of Lapa village and Linjo of Tipling vilalge.  Himalayan Healthcare will train three individuals in these areas to deliver first aid and dispense appropriate antibiotics and other basic but critical drugs.

 A midwife, Rasa Maya, trained by Himalayan Healthcare, recently opened a new clinic in the village of Khading, in Lapa, with a population of 1,000.  She will run a small pharmacy and provide emergency services. (The nearest emergency care is currently over two hours away.)   A team of Alaskan social workers also went to Khading to meet with the women’s empowerment group and conducted workshops.  The Women’s Empowerment classes address the topics of domestic violence, alcohol abuse, immunization, birth spacing, hygiene, child care and nutrition. 

Our educational program also continues.  Five computers and a printer have been placed into the new high school that Himalayan Healthcare built in Lapa in 2012.  In addition HHC has arranged for computer training for 8th, 9th and 10th graders in the school.  We also helped to provide cement for the floors, glass for the windows to protect the computer equipment, furniture for the school, and have helped to raise funds for a school in the village of Khading.

Himalayan Healthcare will have its next medical trek in November 2013.  Your continued support of our organization is crucial to our work and we are grateful for the donations we have received from our GlobalGiving supporters!

Medical Laboratory Work at the Hospital in Ilam
Medical Laboratory Work at the Hospital in Ilam
Ilam Hospital Emergency Ward
Ilam Hospital Emergency Ward
Ilam Hospital Staff
Ilam Hospital Staff
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