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.
Jul 22, 2014

5 minutes can change a life forever.

Samiksha
Samiksha

Samiksha is a 7-year-old Nepali girl living in a small hut with 7 members of her family.  She is the middle child living with 4 brothers and a 6-year old girl cousin.  Samiksha has been unable to speak clearly due to a tongue-tie that was present at birth.  Her teacher had great difficulty understanding her hence a communication problem in the classroom affected her progress and acceptance by other children.

Fortunately her teacher was familiar with our outreach program in Nepal and was able to influence Samiksha's parents to contact Dr. Shankar Rai, chief surgeon and Nepal Director of CMAF.  On June 12, 2014 a 5 min surgical procedure released the tongue-tie.  With speech therapy she will soon be speaking distinctly and clearly and back in the classroom with acceptance and pride.  A little thing like this can make a difference that lasts forever.

God bless you Samiksha.   (This childs name has been changed to protect her privacy.)

*tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a problem that is present at birth. It happens when the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. This can limit the movement of the tongue.

Tongue-Tie
Tongue-Tie
Mar 13, 2014

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center Opens

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center

Namaste!

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. 

Carol Vernal, CEO is returning to Nepal to attend the March 22, 2014 opening cerimony for the Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center.  This Clinic makes it possible for those who would otherwise be unable, to access the opportunity to receive the surgery they require. Our CMAF sponsored patients will be among those receiving cared in this brand new facitly.

Dr.Shankar Rai,Nepal Director of CMAF and 5 members of his surgical outreach team visited California to attend a medical  conferance.  This was a dream for most of them and we took advantage of their visit by loading them up with donated medical supplies destined for Nepal. Carol accompaned Dr. Shankar Rai to a reception of the Yuba City Medical Society where he was a guest of honor and then onto Salt Lake City for a fund raising event. A good time was had by all.

 

Pictured below is a 17 year old girl with polydactyly.  She lives outside of Kathmandu with 8 family members in a small mud & brick house.  She has lived through her school years experiencing difficulty with writing and working.  Now she will become an adult with pride and dignity. It has never ceased to amaze me of how a simple surgery can so dramatically change a child's life.

Dr Shankar Rai, Nepal Director of CMAF
Dr Shankar Rai, Nepal Director of CMAF
17 year old girl with polydactyly
17 year old girl with polydactyly
Pre Op
Pre Op
Post Op
Post Op
Dec 18, 2013

Happenings in Nepal

Cafeteria plan Oct. 2012
Cafeteria plan Oct. 2012

CORRECTIVE SURGERY PROGRAM: Over the past 10 months 125 children received corrective surgery with 30% done in Kathmandu and 30% done in 10 rural outreach camps including Butwal, Nepalganj, Pokhara, Suket, and Biratnagar. 

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center is a satellite facility of Kathmandu Model Hospital.  Although it is still under construction, the operating room suite, recovery room, and 20 bed ward is functioning to accomodate patients.  The CMAF sponsored patients are among those now being cared for in this new Kirtipur facility.  The Plastic Surgery Department will move from Kathmandu Model Hospital into the Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center facility in July 2014 and at that time all surgical procedures will be done in Kirtipur.

CMAF has participated in the design and development of the Kirtipure Cleft & Burn Center's cafeteria.  This is a sustainable enterprise to support corrective surgery patients.   In April 2013 the kitchen staff was trained in food safety and sanitation by Nepal Vocational Hospitality Services(NVHS).  Weekly visits by NVHS will ensure that high standards are maintained and nutritional food is available for patients, visitors, and staff.  In November CMAF organized and supervised the preparation of 2 meals and 3 snacks a day for 40 people attending a 3 day conference in Kirtipur. This eliminated the need for catering and earned dollars for the cafeteria.  Within 12 months with the hospital and clinic in full operation we expect to be serving 300 - 400 meals a day and realizing a profit of  $1,000/month which translates to changng the lives of 5 children every month.

Shrawan Pandit is a sweet 2 year old girl with Symbrachydactly of right hand.  Any women with a visual disfigurement or handicap has a very difficult time in finding a husband.  An unmarried women is not respected and has limited opportunities for employment.  Shrawan will no longer be different from other little girls and now it is possible for her to marry a suitable husband. 

Kirtipur Cafe April 2013
Kirtipur Cafe April 2013
Before
Before
Kirtipur Cafe November 2013
Kirtipur Cafe November 2013
After
After
Shrawan Pandit
Shrawan Pandit

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