We did it! Thanks to our generous donors and in-kind contributions of materials and services, Chisang Clinic is now open and serving a population of 30,000 people in the region of Bhawanee in rural eastern Nepal. Children's Medical Aid Foundation raised $13,622 in funds, including $7,780 from GlobalGiving donors, plus contributed many hours of volunteer time to support the Chisang Service Committee.
Chisang Clinic officially opened on April 13, 2012. Within two weeks more than 200 patients were seen. Based on demographics and identified healthcare needs in the area, the clinic is focusing on promoting women’s health through the provision of maternity and obstetrics care, including antenatal, natal, and postnatal care and monthly Well Women Clinics. Chisang Clinic also strives to improve the health of children through established Well Child Clinics and monthly Immunization Clinics. Additionally, use of the facility is provided to other local and international NGOs for special outreach programs such as eye and dental clinics. Beyond acute clinical care, the clinic promotes community health through public health and disease prevention services.
Now that the clinic is open, expansion activities are already underway, under the direction of the local Chisang Service Committee. Area residents have donated sand, bricks and labor to do the groundwork for the clinic extension that will increase capacity for providing education, screenings and treatment.
In reaching the goal of opening Chisang Clinic, Children’s Medical Aid Foundation was instrumental in:
• Designing the program concept in partnership with Chisang Service Committee and providing long-range
planning for program development of Chisang Clinic services
• Identifying construction needs and services for the remodeled facility
• Assessing the operational needs for staff and patients
• Procuring necessary medical supplies and equipment for patient care
• Purchasing and delivering Toshiba ultrasound unit through individual donations
• Providing architectural drawings for remodel of present and future buildings
• Developing promotional material such as postcards, T-shirts, posters and banners
• Promoting Chisang Clinic and medical volunteer opportunities at U.C. Global Health Day
• Posting clinic information and progress updates on CMAF Facebook and website
• Meeting with Nepal’s UNICEF Director to initiate a working partnership focused on their Women and Children’s
abuse program (still in discussion)
CMAF is very proud and delighted to have been part of getting Chisang Clinic launched. We deeply appreciate the support we have received for this special project. It is clear that the Chisang Service Committee has the capacity to see the clinic grow into a sustainable community-supported healthcare and birthing center. The Commmittee's dedication, perseverance and ability to enlist the help of the community was key to completing this project in less than one year, on schedule and within budget. Children's Medical Aid Foundation continues our commitment to empower rural Nepalese communities by supporting development of access to medical care using locally sustanable business models. This includes our Corrective Surgery Outreach Program and Medical Clinic Development.
April 30 journal entry from clinic volunteer, Dr. Briana Cranmer:
A jumble of Nepali voices dance through the darkness. There is nervous tension in the air. “Ke boyo? What happened?” At the center of a crowd stands a mother tightly grasping the hand of her frightened son. Despite her calm demeanor there is a sense of urgency in her eyes. Closer inspection reveals dried blood spattered across their hands. The mother slowly moves her thumb to reveal an open wound at the base of her son’s ring finger. Her son sliced his hand on a piece of sharp tin 30 minutes ago. We are the closest medical center for 80 km and the only place available at 7:00 p.m.
“Kripaya timi sahayog garna sakchau? Can you please help?” Soap and water, a little lidocaine, and four stitches later the boy whispers, “Malai sutna man lagyo,” he is ready for bed. With a payment of 130 rupees ($1.75 USD) the audience disperses and clinic life settles back into the rhythm of the village.
This patient is only a small representation of the many acutely and chronically ill that the Chisang Clinic is able to care for. The ease and speed with which the clinic Director Debendra Karki and Children’s Medical Aid Foundation Director Carol Vernal have established the Chisang Clinic reflects the strength of their determination and their commitment to the Bhawanee community.
For a medical professional, this is the essence of medicine. Where you use flashlights because the electricity won’t come until 8:00 p.m.; where water is hand-pumped from the ground because plumbing is questionable; and where tools are sterilized with boiled water because autoclaves are unavailable. Where you are forced to rely on your stethoscope and ears because X-rays and ECGs cost precious time and money; where you learn to trust your instincts because specialists are not a phone call away; where you hone your physical exam skills because lab tests are not readily available; and where appropriate patient management may mean the difference between a life-threatening ruptured appendicitis and a life-saving appendectomy. I am forever changed by this experience and thankful to be a part of such an impressive endeavor.
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