Mar 21, 2018

Rajbash Hospital provides more than medical care

Temporary shelter
Temporary shelter

The original mission of our hospital in Rajbash was to bring basic medical and health services to a remote, underserved area of Nepal. Over time, that mission has evolved, especially since the devastating earthquake in 2015.

Inspite of increased government involvement and services there we are still facing major challenges resulting from the earthquakes. Less than optimal temporary housing and the lack of animals necessary for subsistence farming keep the population in limbo. The physical and psychological pressures resulting from uncertainty about their future are taking a toll. Visits to the Rajbash hospital have shown a sharp uptick and our outreach efforts to more remote areas have intensified. Rajbash has become a center from which services to the entire region are organized.

- Volunteers from France, as part of a University graduation requirement of Service for Medical students, are currently assisting at the hospital.

- A group of French engineering students is assisting in rebuilding the destroyed traditional stone houses.

- Two volunteers from the Czech Republic have just returned to Rajbash from a distant village where they taught English for two months.

- Another engineering student from France helped to re-engineer the water system damaged by the earthquake.

- To prevent a catastrophe like the one in 2015 from happening again, the Nepali government has set down strict structural and engineering guidelines that need to be met in rebuilding traditional stone dwellings. Rajbash supporters from the Czech republic hired Nepali engineers through the central govrnment to help teach classes in these new building techniques to the men in remote villages. After successful completion (and obtaining a certificate) the new trainees are now overseeing rebuilding efforts in the village. They are also legally entitled tohead teams of rebuilders in neighboring villages.

- Our friends in England just now are heading out to Rajbash. They have taken on the challenge of rebuilding 5 of the Rajbash village homes. One dwelling has been completed and another is on its way. The English group will physically help in rebuilding the latter structure. Each of the five families whose houses are being reconstructed will be helping in rebuilding each other's homes - a true community effort.

These are just a few examples of the positive ripple effect our hospital brings to its region. The challenges are many, and the responses to them are many as well. Your support allows and promotes all of the above.

Help us to keep the hospital such a vital part of Rajbash.

Czech volunteer doc
Czech volunteer doc
helping at hospital
helping at hospital
Volunteer teaching
Volunteer teaching
Volunteer building
Volunteer building
health lesson
health lesson
Dec 28, 2017

Why We are in Nepal -Patient Case Studies.

Woman with CPO and typhoid
Woman with CPO and typhoid

The following are some examples of how our patients feel about the care and medical interventions by the staff of the DCWC Rajbash hospital:

     "Thank you Rajabas hospital for making my baby and wife alive, we never could explain how much we are thankful for your life saving support, thank you for your support and help, may god will always makes you happy and always blessed by god”  

         An elderly woman came in with COPD and suffered from typhoid fever . She was admitted 3 days in our hospital then recovered. She was so happy that she give blessing to the staffs of hospital  and  said without the hospital over there many people would suffered  and  may die so she is very happy to be taken care of by our medical team.

       A father who brought his 10 year old son for treatment: “I was so worried. My son was semiconscious due to diarrhea. I carried him on my shoulder and walked by foot about four hours to the hospital. Now my son is getting well. I am very thankful to DCWC hospital for making my son well. May god bless this hospital family and I still hope to get regular service from this hospital.”

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     A 97 yr. old male who sustained cuts and bruises from a fall. Alone with his wife, they have no income and live from the food they grow in their garden.:  “After I had fallen from stairs and got cut injury over whole lower limbs, and there is no ambulance to my house, and I did not have even a penny to pay for transport, I sent my grandson to ask the hospital staff to come to my home. I am thankful that they have come here and treated me, and even now they come to regularly change my dressings. I even can’t explain how much I am thankful to the hospital, god bless them, to help poor people and old age people.”

      One little girl, 4 year old Lukky, came to our make shift hospital tent (after the earthquake) with extensive burns on her hands and her lower body. She and her sister were helping to fill Kerosene into lanterns when suddenly there were flames and anguished screams. Lukky’s parents rushed to their daughters to find their youngest one crying in pain. Bandaging the little girl and comforting her the family rushed to make a seat for her in the big basked used for harvesting. Rocked gently in this make shift ambulance her parents carried her for three and a half hours down to the Rajbash hospital where Dr. Uddav and our nursing staff  were able to disinfect and properly treat Lukky’s burns. Relieved and grateful to know their daughter safe they were on the long journey home the same afternoon.

And here is a quick recap of our most recent quarter:

October: Free Dental, ENT and general check-up camp - served 265 patients

December: Free Accupuncture treatments by visiting chinese specialists 

Mid-Aug - mid-Nov: Largest quarterly number of patients ever treated at hospital -1222

                                        

We hope that this recap makes abundantly clear why the DCWC Rajbash hospital is so absolutely important for this remote region of Nepal. Your support makes it possible for our dedicated, professional staff to continue bringing basic medical care to the subsistence farming families of this region. Please join the match - and watch your dollars double!

man carried on stretcher to hospital
man carried on stretcher to hospital
Thyroid goiter
Thyroid goiter
successful hospital birth
successful hospital birth
Oct 31, 2017

Charity trek visits Rajbash Hospital

Colleen assisting
Colleen assisting

        One of the ways we help to raise funds for the hospital is to set up treks into the lower Himalayan mountain region. By using a reputable Nepali trekking company we can offer these treks at fairly reasonable cost. We then add a donation to this amount (payable to GlobalGiving for tax deductability) which directly goes to support the Rajbash hospital. Our treks are challenging, and they are incredibly rewarding.  Imagine telling friends that you have trekked to the Annapurna Sanctuary or the Langtang Valley, two of the more famous “reasonable“ treks. Both of these treks climb to nearly 14,000 ft in elevation, and provide unmatched vistas as well as impressive bragging rights.  Your pack is carried by sherpas while you only carry the few things you might need for the day: a book, binoculars, your camera etc. And we view the village life up close as we dwell in the most modest of guesthouses, enjoying hot meals and a comfortable bed.  

       The last two days of each trek are dedicated to a visit of the village of Rajbash and the hospital that the the trek is sponsoring - our own Rajbash Hospital.  If you are lucky, you can observe one of our popular health camps in progress.  Hundreds of villagers from remote areas will walk for hours to take advantage of being treated for free for a variety of ailments. Particularly important for this population are our free eye exams, not only for regular vision corrections but also to check for the presence of cataracts which are very prevalent in these mountainous areas. However, other medical needs are also taken care of:  sewing up a wound, getting medicine for diarrhea, checking for lung impairment because families are still burning fuel inside their dwellings.  The fact that treatment and medicines during health camps are delivered at no charge to the Nepali population makes these occasions particularly popular.

        Back in April, John Peterson led a small group of intrepid hikers to the Annapurna Sanctuary, a trek of 13 days.  Also on this trek was his partner Colleen, a pediatrician from Danville, Ca.  John’s group did go to Rajbash while a Health Camp was held, and Colleen was able to assist the medical staff in diagnosing and treating a number of young patients. A fruitful dialogue ensued as our local staff introduced Colleen to their world and she lent some western medical perspective to their discussion.  A stark contrast indeed between delivering care when you have access to the most up to date equipment, supplies, and medicine and delivering basic medical care in a very remote region with quite limited resources!  Luckily, when a patient has a diagnosis that is not within the scope of the hospital, the Rajbash staff will send them to a Hospital in Kathmandu by means of an ambulance that was donated to us years ago.

          The Nepali government has taken notice of our work in Rajbash and recently provided for new, up to date, x-ray capabilities. The solar panels, funded by you, our GlobalGiving family of donors two years ago are making the regular use of electrically powered precision equipment possible for us regardless of the monsoons or landslides that used to destroy our electric power infrastructure. 

It is hard for me to convey to you the gratification we have felt in seeing the hospital services grow to their current level over the past four years. No words can compare to being present at this small rural hospital during a health camp, watching the locals vie for their place in line as they await much needed services. And this is all possible through the contributions you have made.

With Gratitude.

PS. If you are interested to trek with us and to visit our project, please contact the project leader: kbreibel2@gmail.com.

    

Waiting for medicine
Waiting for medicine
Trekkers at Annapurna Sanctuary
Trekkers at Annapurna Sanctuary
Village along the trail
Village along the trail
On the trail
On the trail
Gifting school supplies to children
Gifting school supplies to children

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