May 17, 2017

Himalayan HealthCare's Spring 2017 Medical Trek

Young people in the villages of Northern Dhading
Young people in the villages of Northern Dhading

Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) has just completed our Spring 2017 medical trek through the Himalayas to the remote mountain villages of Shertung and Lapa in Nepal’s Northern Dhading District.

Six doctors from the United States, plus their family members, joined forces with our co-founder, Anil Parajuli, and other Nepali leadership, ten local health providers and an extended support team including cooks, porters and youth volunteers.

Over the course of the 12-day trek, 834 patients, including 170 children under the age of five, were treated in two medical camps.

Patients were treated for a number of complaints, including arthritis, respiratory tract infections, skin diseases, eye problems, gastro-intestinal issues and infections. Forty-six patients were referred for speciality treatment due to heart conditions, cancer, seizures, cataracts, depression, anxiety and other issues that required longer-term treatment and follow-up care.

Speaking to people in Shertung and Lapa reveals just how important HHC’s medical treks and ongoing programs have been to the local communities. A young woman named Melina, who is currently receiving a scholarship from HHC, told us her story:

"My parents both work in the fields. My father used to earn money from a foreign country, but now he is old. My mom makes some money from selling buffalo milk and Ghee butter. With that money, we buy our notebooks and pencils for school.

Because of poverty, everyone's health is poor. My father has a blood problem. My mother has a problem in her ovaries and my sister has a breathing problem. My younger brother cries whenever he goes to the bathroom. I am also sick. I have a skin disease.

I don't know why everyone in our family has diseases, but my parents love us all. They sold their buffalo and borrowed money and took us to different expensive hospitals. After 4 years, I am still not completely well."

Unfortunately, Melina’s story is not unique. Thousands of individuals in Shertung, Lapa and surrounding villages have been held back by their remoteness, the legacy of Nepal’s caste system, a decade-long civil war, political instability and, more recently, a major earthquake that took the lives of nearly 9,000 Nepalese. Melina and her family’s home was destroyed in the earthquake, which caused such extensive damage to the villages that many families are still unable to return home two years later.

With your help and that of our volunteer trekkers HHC is bringing much-needed medical care to these villages, rebuilding health posts throughout the district and equipping a new generation of health workers with the skills and education needed to ensure that their fellow villagers live healthier and happier lives.

Your donations have helped us support micro-enterprises and other income-generation programs, and you’ve helped us sponsor training and higher education for young people like Melina, who plans to return to Northern Dhading to put her new skills to use.

When asked about her future plans now that she is supported by an HHC scholarship, Melina told us:

"I feel fortunate because I got this chance from Himalayan HealthCare. Otherwise my family wouldn’t be able to send me to school. My ambition is to take a higher level of science and become a doctor… If I cannot become a doctor, I will become a teacher. I will give health information in the villages and increase consciousness of health… I don't want other families to be sick like mine."

We thank you once again for your generosity and invite you to learn more about our upcoming treks and how you can further support our healthcare, education and income-generation programs by writing to christina@himalayanhealthcare.org.

A patient is carried through the Himalayan trails
A patient is carried through the Himalayan trails
Patients come from afar for HHC medical camps
Patients come from afar for HHC medical camps
Local health workers learn to give an ultrasound
Local health workers learn to give an ultrasound
HHC volunteers trek over passes of up to 14,000 ft
HHC volunteers trek over passes of up to 14,000 ft

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Mar 10, 2017

Completion of Chhatredeurali Health Post

A young patient is treated at an HHC medical camp
A young patient is treated at an HHC medical camp

This February, Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), in collaboration with AmeriCares, handed over the completed Chhatredeurali health post to the District Health Office in Nepal's Dhading District.

Following the devastating 2015 earthquakes, HHC and AmeriCares have been collaborating on the repair and reconstruction of eight health posts in rural Nepal, including Chhatredeurali, and the Dhading District Hospital. The structures are being retrofitted to make them more resistant to seismic activity and to minimize the risk of injury in case of future earthquakes.

The Chhatredeurali health post will serve a population of 7,690 people. The handover ceremony in February follows the completion of the Bhumisthan Health Post in 2016.

In addition to our earthquake relief and recovery work, HHC has continued with our core health programs, including several health clinics carried out in Northern Dhading and Ilam.

In December, in Ilam, HHC conducted a medical camp at the Shree Ambar Higher Secondary School for children with mental disabilities. A total of 67 students were treated from area schools, including 17 mentally disabled youth between the ages of 11 and 22.

HHC conducted educational workshops with the students and caregivers about personal hygiene, safety during recreational activities, first aid and overall health awareness. All patients were given a general check-up and HHC treated several upper-respiratory tract infections, musculoskeletal pain and a self-inflicted lacerated wound.

The following medicines were provided free of charge by the Ilam District Hospital: Syrup Cefpodoxime; Syrup Cetrizine; Syrup Cifixime; Syrup Ibuprofen and Paracetamol; Syrup Ampicillin and Cloxacillin; Ointment Polysporin; Doclofenac Gel; ear drops and eye drops; Tab. Ciprofloxacin; GammaBHC; Betadine solution and AlMgOH.

In January, also in Ilam, HHC treated 109 patients in a free medical camp coinciding with an annual festival called Maibeni Mela. The timing took advantage of the fact that community members had already travelled long distances to Ilam to participate in the festival celebrations.

In November, in Northern Dhading, HHC treated 590 patients, including 73 children, at its Borang Eye Camp in Shertung. More than 200 of these patients were treated for cataracts.

HHC was assisted by over 50 local volunteers who went door-to-door helping HHC to identify patients in need of care, and helping to get the patients—many of whom were elderly—to Borang. With no road access, many of these patients had to be carried for more than a day to reach the HHC medical camp.

In addition to cataracts, HHC treated patients for more than a dozen complaints, including presbyopia (farsightedness), corneal opacity, conjunctivitis, ocular allergies and corneal ulcers.

The local community supported the patients by providing blankets, hot water and care for patients.

HHC is grateful for the team of Nepali doctors, health providers and volunteers who came together to assist our village supervisors, field coordinators and other local staff in helping us to treat nearly 800 patients who otherwise would not have had access to medical assistance.

We are also grateful to AmeriCares for supporting the reconstruction and repair of Dhading District's health clinics, and for the Chhatredeurali health post management committee, representatives of local political parties, television reporters, health providers, volunteers and local community members who came out to support the handover of the health post.

Finally, we are grateful to our donors like you who have helped us to bring life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people in rural Nepal since 1992. 

Thank you for your support, 

Christina

Chhatredeurali health post before and after
Chhatredeurali health post before and after
Handover Ceremony for Chhatredeurali Health Post
Handover Ceremony for Chhatredeurali Health Post
Patients after treatment at an HHC medical camp
Patients after treatment at an HHC medical camp
A patient being treated at an HHC medical camp
A patient being treated at an HHC medical camp
Feb 16, 2017

Updates on HHC's Medical Camps in Ilam and Dhading

Cataract Patients at HHC's Eye Camp
Cataract Patients at HHC's Eye Camp

Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) has been conducting medical camps in Nepal’s remote mountain villages since 1992, providing care to populations that, due to their remoteness and the legacy of Nepal’s caste system, otherwise have no options for healthcare.

Before HHC’s presence in Ilam, in far-eastern Nepal, the region had only one doctor to serve its entire population of 250,000, forcing many villagers in need of care to travel long distances to clinics in the lowlands or Indian bordertowns. The villages of Tipling, Shertung and Lapa in Northern Dhading require days of walking through treacherous trails—over passes of up to 14,000 feet—to reach the nearest road. Many patients do not have the means to make the long journey to hospitals in Kathmandu. 

Over the past several months, HHC’s local staff and volunteers have been hard at work carrying out a series of medical camps in both Ilam and Northern Dhading to bring healthcare to patients in need.

In December, in Ilam, HHC conducted a medical camp at the Shree Ambar Higher Secondary School for children with mental disabilities. A total of 67 students were treated from area schools, including 17 mentally disabled youth between the ages of 11 and 22. 

HHC conducted educational workshops with the students and caregivers about personal hygiene, safety during recreational activities, first aid and overall health awareness. All patients were given a general check-up and HHC treated several upper-respiratory tract infections, musculoskeletal pain and a self-inflicted lacerated wound.

The following medicines were provided free of charge by the Ilam District Hospital: Syrup Cefpodoxime; Syrup Cetrizine; Syrup Cifixime; Syrup Ibuprofen and Paracetamol; Syrup Ampicillin and Cloxacillin; Ointment Polysporin; Doclofenac Gel; ear drops and eye drops, Tab. Ciprofloxacin, GammaBHC, Betadine solution, AlMgOH were the other medications.

In January, also in Ilam, HHC treated 109 patients in a free medical camp coinciding with an annual festival called Maibeni Mela. The timing took advantage of the fact that community members had already travelled long distances to Ilam to participate in the festival celebrations.

In November, in Northern Dhading, HHC treated 590 patients, including 73 children, at its Borang Eye Camp in Shertung. More than 200 of these patients were treated for cataracts. 

HHC was assisted by over 50 local volunteers who went door-to-door helping HHC to identify patients in need of care, and helping to get the patients—many of whom were elderly—to Borang. With no road access, many of these patients had to be carried for more than a day to reach the HHC medical camp. 

In addition to cataracts, HHC treated patients for more than a dozen complaints, including presbyopia (farsightedness), corneal opacity, conjunctivitis, ocular allergies and corneal ulcers.

The local community supported the patients by providing blankets, hot water and care for patients. 

HHC is grateful for the team of Nepali doctors, health providers and volunteers who came together to assist our village supervisors, field coordinators and other local staff in helping us to treat nearly 800 patients who otherwise would not have had access to medical assistance. 

We are also grateful for the generous support of donors like you who have helped us to bring life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people in rural Nepal since 1992.

As we enter our 25th year of operations, we hope some of you will consider joining us on one of our 25th anniversary treks taking place this spring and fall. You will join a team of doctors, dentists, nurses, social workers, teachers and other volunteers--including friends and family members--through the Himalayas to Tipling, Shertung and Lapa where you will work with our staff and the local communities to provide training, medical care and other support to those who need it most.

For more information or to apply, please visit our website, www.himalayanhealthcare.org

Thank you once again for your support and we hope to see you soon in Nepal.

With gratitude, 

Christina

A Patient at HHC's Eye Camp
A Patient at HHC's Eye Camp
A young patient is treated at an HHC Medical Camp
A young patient is treated at an HHC Medical Camp
HHC Medical Staff Treating Patients in Dhading
HHC Medical Staff Treating Patients in Dhading

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