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.
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
Nov 25, 2014

Burn Care is Scarce in Nepal

Shanti 7 year old
Shanti 7 year old

The World Health Organization reports that fire related burns represent a significant global health burden, especially for children and women. Flammable structures, kerosene and open fires are the common causes of these burns. Very little access     to adequate burn care is available, and those fortunate enough to survive endure painful suffering and are left with disabling scars and emontional trauma. These unfortunate victims become social and invisible outcasts and are lifelong burndens  to their families.

When corn is harvested in Nepal all parts of the plant are utilized except for part of the husk which is gathered into a pile and then burnt.  The pile appeared to be out when a 2 year old girl ran through it and receivd a 3rd degree burn of both feet. We will call her Shanti to protect her identity.  Shanti is now 8 years old and because there was no burn care available at the time of her accident she has disfigured feet caused by burn contractures.  Shanti found her way to Kirtipur Burn Center where she will undergo corrective surgery and post op splinting to insure that her feet heal in good alignment. 

The average wait for burn victims to receive help is 17 years. It will take time but we can change that.

Post burn contractures of feet
Post burn contractures of feet
Nov 4, 2014

Burn Crises in Nepal

Today is my 16th day in Nepal and my attention has been concentrated on addressing the burn crises.  A three day conference hosted by Dr Shankar Rai took place on Oct 21,2014 with 12 countries represented.  Dr Rai was the spear head for raising awarness of the burn crises in South Asia by providing a platform for education and treatment of burns for doctors and patients. 

The World Health Organization reports that fire related burns represent a significant global health burden, especially for children and women. Flammable structures, kerosene and open fires are the common causes of these burns. Very little access to adequate burn care is available, and those fortunate enough to survive endure painful suffering and are left with disabling scars and emontional trauma. These unfortunate victims become social and invisible outcasts and are lifelong burndens to their families.

WHO statics report that just as many women suffer burns from fire each year as from HIV/AIDS, and more school-age children die each year of fire-caused injuries than of tuberculosis or malaria.

Children's Medical Aid (CMAF)continues to be supportive of this work and devoted to his mission.  CMAF is working with the Lyons Club of Kathmandu and Public Health officials to organize educational trips into the rural villags where burns are most prominate.  We endevour to improve the extent of the injury with the proper 1st aid and treatment.  Care of burn victims is provided free of cost at Kitipur Cleft & Burn Center.

Carol Vernal with Nepali Children
Carol Vernal with Nepali Children

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