Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas

by The Nepal Trust
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Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
A new born baby.
A new born baby.

Dear Friends and Supporters

I hope you are all well and managing to deal with the horrendous Covid pandemic which seems to be hanging around. It is causing big disruptions in all aspects of our lives and bringing grief to many. Imagine living in one of the remotest corners of the world with only minimal health services to support you. This is, unfortunately, the reality of living in Humla in NW Nepal. For a long time its remoteness and isolation was an advantage and the virus was kept at arms length but this has changed with a serious outbreak at Kermi where we have an health clinic. A large number of infections have occured and a number of deaths although it is not yet clear if these are Covid related. Our excellent delivery partner, SHIP, will report once they have more evidence. Nationwide the government is trying to contain the virus against difficult odds. To date there has been nearly 1million confirmed cases and there has been 12000 deaths.

On the wider health front our partner SHIP continues to provide an excellent service at our 8 clinics and birthing centres - Limi, Yari, Kermi, Bargaun, Sarkegad, Piplang, Tumcha and Maspur - all operating under the watchful eye of the government and the Humla District Health Officer and local village health committees.

The main health problems are very closely related to basic unhealthy living conditions. Salmonella, gastro enteritis, worms and diarrhoea together with other food and waterborne diseases are very prevalent. Respiratory diseases such as asthma are common and a reflection of living in smoky homes. Skin and ENT infections are very common. Children under 5 years of age suffer widely from diarrhea, worms, ear infections and pneumonia. Our very popular Little Doctors health training programme for 10-15 year old school pupils was popular and very effective  in changing  and improving general health. Unfortunately, schools have been closed for 2 years and the programme has been stopped for now. We hope to start again soon. Family planning advice and support is becoming more popular and helping to reduce the problem for poor families of too many mouths to feed.

Thanks to all of you for your help and support. We hope you can stay with us as we try to navigate  difficult times. We are making a difference by spreading knowledge and help in this remote area. Tell your friends about us and try and encourage them to chip in as well. We do struggle to keep our heads above the financial pond  so any support is very welcome.

Namaste  

Blood pressure check
Blood pressure check
Health clinic committee.
Health clinic committee.
Checking baby
Checking baby
Weighing baby
Weighing baby
Piplang field staff.
Piplang field staff.
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Getting weighed

Dear Friends and Supporters

The Covid pandemic in Nepal appears to be relaxing and the number of infections is decreasing. It is early days yet and extreme caution is still required. The porous border with India ia a big problem as economic migrants move backwards and forwards to earn money for their families. The Nepal government has launched a nationwide drive to inoculate all 12 to 17 year olds to help control the virus. 

We are happy to report that the virus appears to be under control in our target area of Humla and the infection rate has fallen with no further deaths. Our delivery partner, SHIP-Nepal is doing an excellent job providing health and Covid services to our 8 clinics and birthing centres in Humla; the most remote and deprived area of Nepal.

SHIPs latest report shows that over a one month period nearly 2000 female  and 1800 males have received treatment including specialist health camps to deliver Covid vaccines and virus testing facilities.

The main health issues and disorders are still due to respitory and stomach problems. Our Little Doctors Health Education project  has been a major contributor in controlling these problems as school students take home basic health knowledge to their families. Over the years we have seen a large drop in the number of cases and a noticeable improvement in general health. Unfortunately schools have been closed for nearly two years and we have not been able to conduct these valuable learning experiences and a consequece has been a rise in basic health problems. We hope this state of affairs will change soon.

The Nepal Trust would like to thank you all for your help and support over the years and we wish you good health and happiness for the future. Please keep telling your friends about us and how we are helping and supporting one of the remotest communities in the world.

With our best wishes for 2022.

Namaste 

Booster jab
Booster jab
Weighing baby
Weighing baby
Covid Testing
Covid Testing
Checking baby
Checking baby
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Staff Meeting
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Delivering medical supplies.
Delivering medical supplies.

Dear friends and supporters.

For all of us the Covid19 virus has created all sorts of problems and made life so much more difficult. Imagine how it must be in Humla, one of the remotest corners of the world. Nationwide Nepal has an expanding infection rate and has only 12% of the population fully vaccinated. There is now a real concern that a third wave of infection will happen particularly as the build up to the main festival season of Desai and Tihar develops. 

Humla District is the remotest part of Nepal and not easily accessable except by foot or by a small plane if you can afford it. The good news is that Humla has one of the lowest Covid infection rates in the country. We believe that our childrens health education programme, Little Doctors, has contributed to wider health awareness amongst families and siblings and helped to keep the infection rate low. 

Since our last report the weather has improved, making travelling easier and allowing access to the more remote clinics. Infection rates show that about 1000 people have been infected with Covid  with only one death. 425 have received vaccination. Our 8 clinics have been very active  with other treatments and over 2800 patients have been recorded. In addition nearly 2000 have received other medical services. 

Our 8 clinics through our delivery partner SHIP is supporting the governments efforts to limit the spread of Covid by strengthening the local health system and its workers. This cooperation is invaluable and helping the local Health officer to manage under difficult circumstances and limited resources. As soon as the schools can get back to full function our Little Doctors health education programme can start again and help to establish real health awareness.

Many thanks to all of you that have supported us in the past. Without your help over the years we could not have achieved much in such a remote and difficult to access area. It is such a beautiful part of the world and deserves your help; perhaps you can spread the word amongst your friends and colleagues?

Namaste

  

Medical supplies to be sorted.
Medical supplies to be sorted.
Patient treatment.
Patient treatment.
Health Clinic store
Health Clinic store
Receiving vaccination
Receiving vaccination
Vaccination (2)
Vaccination (2)
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Maspur, waiting treatment.
Maspur, waiting treatment.

We have to keep going.

Dear Friends and Supporters

Due to the soaring Covid-19 numbers in Kathmandu and some other major cities in the country like Nepalgunj, the government has announced a strict order of prohibitions that is very similar to a fully imposed lockdown. From several hundreds of cases a day the figure has risen to 3-4,000 daily in Kathmandu and all shops have been closed and vehicle movement is strictly forbidden.

Remarkably, and unusual for this time of the year, there has been heavy snowfall in Humla cutting off trails and flight movement in general. Humla has witnessed more and more Covid-19 cases in the last months and although one can argue the restricted movement of people due to snowfall makes it less likely for people to spread the pandemic, it also makes treatment and getting necessary supplies into Humla to deal with the pandemic and healthcare, in general, more challenging, especially as Humla, for the main part, depends on cities like Nepalgunj to fly in goods.

In the last winter months of 2020, a time when people barely travel around, about 900 people have been treated through our clinics with an additional 225 people treated in the health hub of Kermi village where one of our clinics is located.

This shows that the virus has been spreading throughout the district and although the government has started a vaccination rollout program, we must be cautious and keep working to press down the potential surges that could have a devastating effect. Especially as Nepal depends on the supply of vaccinations from nearby neighbors such as India and China there is a chronic shortage of vaccines available and it may take time to have everybody vaccinated against Covid 19. During this period the risk of getting the virus remains quite severe and all people, including health workers and development workers, must remain extra careful.

In India the situation is getting worse even more, with daily cases of over 2-300,000 in Delhi alone. Due to this the air traffic to and from India has been blocked by many countries and many Indians have been using Nepal as a ‘transit heaven’ to conduct flights to other nations. This has alarmed the Nepal government who have, in response, blocked transit travellers from India. In all it is getting worse and we hope we won’t have to face a similar situation as last year, in which the country locked down for over 10 months.

While the economy was slowly getting back on to its feet again this renewed government lock-down is having a major impact on daily wage earners in industry, trade, and tourism. Foreign employment and development works have all been stopped.

 

Despite all this we have continued our work with SHIP Nepal to provide healthcare in Humla through provision of staff, essential supplies and medicines for treatment of patients and assist the government in its Covid-19 prevention program.

As you may appreciate any help is welcome in order to continue this work that helps people who otherwise would have limited options to seek treatment, if not at all. We are very grateful for all your support and help in the past but Covid waits for no man and we must work harder than ever in this remote and impoverished corner of the Himalayas. Please help if you can and tell your friends about us. We need you all more than ever, as we have to keep going!

Namaste

Bargaun, treating an injury.
Bargaun, treating an injury.
Kermi, Restocking medicines and materials.
Kermi, Restocking medicines and materials.
Sarkegad, Delivering medicines and materials.
Sarkegad, Delivering medicines and materials.
Sarkegad, getting treatment.
Sarkegad, getting treatment.
Limi, our remotest health clinic.
Limi, our remotest health clinic.
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Baby care

Dear Friends and Supporters

Despite the on-going trauma of Covid 19 and the ever present danger of a rapid spread of infection our work in Humla is having a very positive result. Our implementation partner, Self Help Initiative Promotion Centre (SHIP), have reported successful control of Covid-19 spread throughout the district; particularly in the 8 clinics they are responsible for. More importantly, there have been no deaths from the virus so far. This is a remarkable result given the remoteness of Humla and the major difficulties of procuring and sourcing PPE and medical items. During lock-down the Trust was given government permission to fly in medication and covid prevention equipment and also permission for staff to move about the district to provide essential medical services.

However, the government lock-down is having an impact on daily wage earners. Industries, trade, tourism, foreign employment and development works have all been stopped. The cost of goods transported by plane have increased so the poor and unemployed have found it difficult to eat properly. This leads to malnourishment and a greater risk of disease. Humla is a food deficient district anyway so any disruption in the food chain will create problems.

The government system would have found it very difficult to manage without the help and support of the Nepal Trust. Our staff were incorporated in to the system to boost trained manpower capacity. Funds were also handed over to help the government system struggling under national financial limitations.

Outwith the pandemic our clinics, under the control of SHIP have had to deal with normal everyday health issues. During the 3 months September to November they have dealt with 4269 cases successfully. In addition 1067 Covid cases were recorded of which 120 were put in to quaranteen. No deaths from Covid have been recorded.

These are very difficult times and I must thank our staff for their devotion to hard, and dangerous, work. Humla is beautiful but not for the faint hearted. It is remote and difficult to get around; virtually isolated from the outside world. Thank you for all your help and support which is much needed at this difficult time. Please help if you can and tell your friends. We need you all more than ever!

Our best wishes for the New Year and a sincere hope that it gets better soon. We all need a break!

Namaste

Weighing baby
Weighing baby
Covid testing
Covid testing
Hand washing
Hand washing
Patient care
Patient care
Covid testing
Covid testing
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