Nov 25, 2019

News from our doctors and medical students

Dr Lalit with colleagues, after his exam
Dr Lalit with colleagues, after his exam

Dear Supporters,

It has been a busy past few months in Nepal with all our doctors, medical and nursing students working very hard.  Dr Lalit continues his postgraduate studies in Cairo, Egypt. At the beginning of November he finished the first part of his MSc which involved taking 8 theory exams and 8 oral exams alongside clinical exams. He is still awaiting the results but feels confident that he will pass. He studied extremely hard alongside working very long shifts in the hospital. It’s not uncommon for Lalit to do a 24 hour shift. Our newest Trustee has introduced Lalit to a colleague  who is based in the same hospital as Lalit and is now supporting him during his training. Lalit has been working in the Professor's department and is extremely grateful to have such an excellent mentor.

We are delighted to announce some great news from Dr Nahakul, who is currently working in his remote village in the west of Nepal:

“I had my job interview for Nick Simmons Institute 2 weeks ago and I got the job successfully! So I rejoined Kalikot District Hospital on 6th November, for a year long posting. I will also be participating in a 10 week Advance Skilled Birth Attendants training course in a tertiary care hospital, after which I will be qualified to perform caesarean sections on my own. I am absolutely delighted.  In addition, I will be preparing and applying for post-graduate entrance exams.”

We wish him the very best of luck, and congratulations on the new job.

All 6 of our medical students are hard at work with their studies with many of them experiencing some interesting placements over the past few months, such as our second year medical student Santosh, who spent a week in October on placement in a rural community in Makawanpur District, Ramanthali.  He found the placement extremely informative and is now an expert on measuring blood pressure and malnutrition.  After his return he contracted dengue fever, which is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes and is very prevalent in Nepal. The infection is usually mild and passes after a week without causing any lasting problems.  But in rare cases it can be very serious and potentially life threatening.  We are pleased to report that Santosh made a full recovery! Here’s Santosh’s report on his placement in his own words:

“During our week we stayed in the local community’s houses.  The main aim of this posting is to know about the awareness and prevalence of dengue fever, which is epidemic there now. Also the main important purpose of this posting is to do community diagnosis (Blood pressure measurement, malnutrition check). Our group consisted of 6 members we have to do census of each house, collect all the demographic data, measure blood pressure of age more than 15 yrs and malnutrition measure of children of less than 5 years. We also try to make people more aware of dengue fever. We visited the individual households, looked for water storage, saw the larva of dengue mosquito, we made people aware about how to prevent contracting dengue fever. We measured the blood pressure of many individuals, and we noted that lots of people are in pre-hypertensive, and we told people how to avoid it.

We also measured the malnutrition of children under 5, we found all of the children to be well nourished. We also provided information about immunization and its importance for children.  I am now perfect in measuing blood pressure and malnutrition!  We lived in the community, our host families helped us to do our work and we got to know about community diagnosis which is very fruitful for us in clinical practice. I found this posting to be very interesting.”  Santosh


We wish all our doctors and students success in their studies to become doctors and nurses in the remotest parts of Nepal, and we thank you for your continued support.

Santosh takes blood pressure
Santosh takes blood pressure
Aug 26, 2019

DOCTORS FOR NEPAL TO SUPPORT MIDWIFERY DEGREE STUDENTS

Kate signs midwifery degree agreement with KAHS
Kate signs midwifery degree agreement with KAHS

Namaste!

Our charity’s name is DOCTORS FOR NEPAL, but did you know that we also offer scholarships to nurses and now, for the first time, to midwives?

It is with great excitement that we can announce the creation of the first midwifery degree level course in Nepal. In late June this year our founder, Dr Kate Yarrow, went to Nepal for an extremely busy and successful week. After months of hard work, Kate finally signed agreements to support the first ever midwifery degree-level course in Nepal. Doctors for Nepal will provide scholarships to the most needy and deserving, impoverished students from the Karnali region in mid-west Nepal. We have teamed up with the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla, where we are already sponsoring Prabha in her nursing degree studies. We are now able to provide two more nursing scholarships at KAHS along with three midwifery degree level scholarships.

We have also just taken on a new nursing student at Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) in Kathmandu. While Kate was there in June she welcomed 17 year-old Neelam into the DFN family. Neelam comes from the Terai region in Nepal and is 17 years old. Her parents are impoverished farmers who lost their home and income in recent flooding.  Neelam is the youngest of 6 siblings. Up until now, her paternal Uncle has been trying to support her studies but cannot continue financial assistance. We are delighted to be able to step in to offer Neelam continued financial assistant so that she can enter into her 2nd and 3rd years of her staff nursing training. Welcome to the DFN family Neelam!

Exciting times for DFN as we continue to support doctors, nurses and now midwives to improve healthcare in rural Nepal.

New DFN and PAHS nursing student, Neelam
New DFN and PAHS nursing student, Neelam
Binita, Neelam and Yuna - 3 DFN nursing students
Binita, Neelam and Yuna - 3 DFN nursing students
May 28, 2019

Dr Meena saves lives in rural Nepal

Dr Meena Kafle Chaulagain
Dr Meena Kafle Chaulagain

Once our doctors have qualified at Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, they must all return to their remote districts in Nepal to work as doctors.

We have just heard from Meena who is currently working as a doctor high up in the the Karnali region in North West Nepal.  Meena tells us about an emergency case she has been involved with at Mugu District Hospital.  Her encounters are an example of how important it is to have fully qualified doctors working at health posts and district hospitals in the remotest areas of Nepal.  Meena has to make decisions and act quickly to save lives.  There is also an ongoing struggle to persuade the remote communities to seek help from the medical profession rather than relying solely on their local herbal medicines.

Here is Meena's account in her own words:

“Five days ago I went further into this remote region to a health camp in the local community, where I saw very many female patients. Mrs Yogi, 35 year old female, came with a complaint of a left breast abscess which she’d had for 2 months. On examination there was a multiple site burst of the abscess. During a 2 month period she applied herbal medicine to the breast which had not worked. After her examination, I asked her to visit our hospital - it takes two days to walk there. After 3 days of walking, she finally came to our hospital and I did an incision and drained the abcess and started intravenous medicine. Now she feels more comfortable and is improving day by day. She will soon be ready to walk back, another 3 days, to her village.  If I had not visited her in the health camp, her suffering would have lasted much longer. These kind of cases are hidden in communities."

This is a perfect example of how having qualified doctors and consultants in the remote areas of Nepal really does save lives. Bringing healthcare to remote Nepal is Meena's greatest aim, and she has asked that we pass on her grateful thanks to everyone who donates to Doctors for Nepal, which has made it possible for her to qualify as a doctor, and she hopes very much to undertake post graduate study at some stage to become a much needed consultant.

Mugu District Hospital, Karnali Province
Mugu District Hospital, Karnali Province
 
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