Medicines awaiting air shipment.
The Nepal Trust has recruited a new Health Manager to oversee our work in Humla, the most remote and impoverished district in Nepal. Gorkha Bandari has recently graduated as a health professional and, very importantly, he comes from the village of Thehe in Humla. Thehe is the largest Hindu village in Humla and very poor but driven by aspirations for improvement. The Nepal Trust, in collaboration with Dutch donors, is constructing a new community school which will raise educational standards and life chances for the students.
One of Gorkha's first tasks was to familiarise himself with the NT clinics many days walk apart. He had also to supervise the distribution of fresh medicines to each of the clinics. The following is Gorkha's own report:
'Despite the start of the monsoon and the currently severe floods that take place throughout the country the Nepal Trust was able to send a big shipment of much needed medicines into Humla for distribution at the clinics. Local contributions obtained through patient treatment fees have also contributed to local transportation costs related to the medicine distribution.
In the first 6 months of 2014 Nepal Trust clinics treated 4,867 adults, 345 children below 5 years and provided family planning services to 1,008 people, totaling 6,220 patients up to the month of July 2014.
A field trip took place in which the NT health manager visited various clinics to discuss the programme and the running of the Clinics and Birthing Centres with both NT staff and the respective health committees.
Bargaun and Sarkegad birthing centers are near completion and also the refurbishment works at the Sarkegad clinic has started. As soon as this is finished, we are able to stock the new centres and provide medical equipment, such as delivery beds, operational equipment and the like.
The Little Doctor Programs in Simikot, Bargaun and Yalbang are ongoing and already have proven successful as students are eager to learn about healthcare, first aid and healthy lifestyle issues.'
Medicine distribution to the clinics.