We've been approached by a community group in the Kavre District of Nepal who is requesting our help. Called the Indrawatee Community Service Center, it's a full community center for the village with a small hospital as a part of the center. Recently, the doctor has left the hospital for employment elsewhere and the committee in charge of the facility is struggling to keep it going. Doctors in Nepal often function as the administrators in addition to their medical work. We've been sending volunteer doctors out to assist them, so far four in all, two from the US and two from Denmark. The community has specifically asked us for help to add some living quarters at the hospital so there's a place for visiting health professionals to live when volunteering there.
Mountain Fund and Mountain Volunteer Nepal host about 100 volunteers to Nepal each year, many of them are doctors, nurses and P.A.'s so we have a steady stream of people we can send out to help in the hospital but lack facilities to house them in. For the recent volunteers we were able to secure rooms in a house belonging to another NGO who is working in the village but that NGO is soon leaving and we don't know what will become of the house and if we will be able to use it in the future.
As we move toward increased assistance to this hospital, the ability to send our medical volunteers to work there is one key step toward developing the full potential of the place. There's already a lab, pharmacy and xray in place and the hospital has both in-patient and out-patient services for the 40 some people who come there each day seeking health care.
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