Namaste from Nepal!
I've been in Nepal for three months (October to December 2011), but it still feels like I just arrived! I guess that’s what happens when you're doing work that you love. Things have gone better than I had anticipated - we have made wonderful progress on our projects.
I've been meeting with our Chisang Clinic partners - Clinic Director Debendra Karki, the Chisang Service Committee, and local Bhawanee residents - to finalize plans for reopening the clinic. The grand reopening ceremony is scheduled to take place in April 2012!
While in Nepal, I guided a group of nurses and physicians on CMAF’s first annual excursion to Nepal. The 10-day trip included a visit to the Chisang Clinic site and local hospitals, a meeting with the Corrective Surgery Medical Team, and special presentations by Nepali health professionals. 30 CEUs were issued to each participating nurse. Proceeds from the tour will benefit Chisang Clinic.
We have established several new collaborative partnerships, including an Eye Camp in Bhawanee with Biratnagar Rotary Club, and a Dental Camp at Chisang Clinic with the Kathmandu Model Hospital Dental Dept. (to take place in May 2012). We also met with a representative of UNICEF to discuss how to increase outreach through Chisang Clinic to help women and children suffering from physical and emotional abuse.
Now that we've closed the 2011 calendar year, it’s a good time to take stock of the success of our mission. From March 2011 (the beginning of our fiscal year) through Dec. 15, CMAF has sponsored:
• 79 corrective surgeries (for more than 20 types of birth defects)
• 150 post-op visits
• 71 physical therapy treatments
We will be able to reach at least 100 children with corrective surgeries by the end of our fiscal year (Feb. 2012).
We delivered more than 800 toothbrushes, 60 lbs. of medical text books, a portable tourniquet system, and sutures and surgical instruments to Kathmandu Model Hospital and outreach programs.
Thank you for helping this to be one of our best years ever. There is much to look forward to in 2012!
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