Children's Medical Aid Foundation

Children's Medical Aid Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children and families in Nepal by bridging healthcare needs with access to healthcare services. We facilitate the fund development, local and international partnerships and volunteer assistance required to provide no- or low-cost healthcare services to indigent families in rural, remote areas of Nepal.
May 15, 2015

On Shaky Ground

Exhausted Mother Safe in Hospital
Exhausted Mother Safe in Hospital

On May 12, 2015, a second powerful 7.3M earthquake struck southeast of Kathmandu near Kodari. This time it was centered 50 miles east of the capital in Kathmandu.  Children's Medical Aid Foundation is based out of the Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center is still standing and able to provide food and medical care for all those that find their way to the hospital.

The head count in the hospital is rising daily with 150+ new admissions as of yesterday. Today two military buses arrived with nineteen post-op patients from a military hospital in Kathmandu as their building was not trustworthy.  Doctor Shankar Rai, Director of the Cleft & Burn Center and CMAF is constantly being challenged with the intensity of facilitating patients and management of staff and volunteers.  This all means that we have more people to feed.

The hospital cafeteria staff shine as they work diligently to keep up with increased number of people that need to be fed.  Enough rice to last one month was donated to the hospital cafeteria by an unknown organization.  We are very grateful to that humanitarian organization as we accept their help.  Beginning on April 25, the day of the earthquake we have been dedicated to feeding 400 - 500 people each day.  We have provided more than 6,700 meals in 18 days. 

Normally I would have been in Kathmandu during this time of year but for the grace of God my schedule kept me here in California where I can raise funds for earthquake relief.  I do plan on returning to Nepal in Mid June to manage things in person.

Child Camping with Friends
Child Camping with Friends
May 3, 2015

Nepal Earthquake

Medical consultaion over lunch
Medical consultaion over lunch

In response to the emergency situation in Nepal, Children's Medical Aid has adopted the task of feeding the medical staff, volunteers, patients and earthquake victims. Watch for our new project addressing this issue   soon to be posted.  We aim to feed 400 - 500 people per day.

There is a great deal of chaos in the city of Kathmandu. The city’s infrastructure is badly damaged and hospitals are overwhelmed and treating people out in the open. The government of India is sending help and there are other aid agencies like the Red Cross who are already there. There undoubtedly will be a great deal of social and political upheaval that will ensue.

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn is one of the few hospitals able to supply medical and surgical treatment.  Three  Orthopedic teams arrived to care for eartquake victims.  One of the Orthopedic doctors came all the way from South Africa to help. Several medical volunteers sponsored by ReSurg have arrived with medical supplies a few days ago.


"Although I am heartened and encouraged by the progress of the response to date, efforts need to be maintained and stepped up to ensure vital assistance reaches all those that have affected. 

Baby with injured arm is OK
Baby with injured arm is OK
Medical consultaion over lunch
Medical consultaion over lunch
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center
Mar 9, 2015

PROVIDING ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE

Akish 2 year old girl
Akish 2 year old girl

 

Health Care available at 5  surgical outpost centers in Nepal.

Like most developing countries, agriculture is the primary way of life. The government offers minimal support services or benefits. An estimated 50% of the population is living on less than $1.25 a day, and as a result the day to day life for the Nepali people can be harsh. Therefore, specialist medical care is difficult to access and a luxury that few would be able to afford.  The inability for most patients to afford corrective surgery, means many individuals must endure a life tragically inhibited by their disabilities. The negative stigma associated with disfigurement can be equally devastating.  There is so much more to be done, but always, the children are our inspiration to keep pushing for improved access to quality care. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and excellent logistical support from our Nepali partners. We are grateful to our donors who are helping us transform the lives of Nepali children struggling with congenital defects.

 

 

Syndactyly and polydactyly are the most common problems seen.  The severity of syndactyly varies.  In more complex syndactyly, the bones of adjacent difits are fused.  Polydactyly may range from small skin tags to fully formed extra fingers with bone, blood vessels, and muscle tissue.

 

POLYDACTYLY

Namilta, a 7 year old girl lives in a 10"X12" mud house with 3 siblings.   She must walk 1 hour on a dirt path to school every day and 5 hour walk to the nearest road were transport is available.  Because  Namita was unable to wear proper shoes to school she sufferd  from embarrassment and teasing from classmates but now she will be able to walk proudly to school in comfortable shoes that keep her feet warm and protected.   

 

SYNDACTYLY

Akish, a 2-year-old Hindu girl that lives near the Indian border in a house made of mud and brick with 6 family members.  It is a Hindu belief that all extremities must be free of disfigurement.  A girl with disfigurement or deformity is not acceptable for marriage and will suffer from stigma and shame.  The perfect time for surgical correction is between 1 -2 years of age.  Akish has come to us early and is one of the lucky ones as she will avoid the stigma and shame associated with deformities and have full function of her right hand before learning to write.

                                           The name has been changd to protect privacy                                                                

Akish Before
Akish Before
Akish After
Akish After
Namita 7 Year Old
Namita 7 Year Old
Namita Before
Namita Before
Namita After
Namita After

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