Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages

by DCWC Community Hospital
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Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Lifesaving healthcare for remote farming villages
Alina with a patient
Alina with a patient

Working for a small hospital in a remote region of Nepal takes a special kind of person. It requires someone who can thrive without the diversions of the City; someone who feels at ease with the rhythms of nature and who enjoys being part of a small group of professionals who are committed to serving the people in this remote community. Most of the people who work at our hospital fit this description. They are bonded in their shared purpose. Some of them do leave for a while to obtain more advanced professional training, but more often than not they are drawn back to serving where they feel needed.

One such example is Alina’s story:

In early 2008 the DCWC sent a volunteer to teach English at a school in Mandan Kudari, a small village in the same larger municipality as the Rajbash Hospital. The volunteer stayed at the house of Alina’s father, a teacher at the school. Alina dreamt of becoming a nurse but her fathers’ salary was not enough to allow his daughter to study nursing. Having befriended Alina, the DCWC volunteer decided to help finance a nursing course for Alina. Upon completion of her nursing course, Alina joined the DCWC hospital as a nurse from 2012 to 2017.  During that time she saved funds to again study for her Bachelor in Nursing degree. After 4 years of study and upon completion of her BN degree, she rejoined the DCWC hospital as Head of the Nursing Department in 2022.

Alina now lives in the staff quarters. She also completed her SBA (Skilled Birth Attendant) training and now oversees the hospitals’ neonatal services as well.  Alina told us: ‘Talking about my marital status, I am married and my husband is abroad for foreign employment. I currently do not have any children but one is coming in the near future.’

We are delighted that Alina, with her years of dedicated study and experience, continues to be part of the Rajbash hospital team.

In closing today’s report we have an update to our December appeal.  A generous donor  offered to match donations for a much needed Dental Camp. Our appeal was a great success and,  as you can see in the photo below,  the date for a Dental Camp is now set for late January.

We hope this report brings you closer to appreciating the culture of dedication and service at this hospital that you have been supporting so generously.  As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement.

 

Another patient.
Another patient.
A happy patient .
A happy patient .
One mode of Transportation to the hospital.
One mode of Transportation to the hospital.
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Oral Hygiene Awareness Camp Attendees
Oral Hygiene Awareness Camp Attendees

Health Camp Offensive

 

In our efforts to maximize our reach into some of the underserved rural regions of Nepal, Health Camps held at the Rajbash hospital or in surrounding areas have been an effective tool. Targeted to a population that is healthy enough to respond on their own to our periodic health camp announcements it is an efficient way to triage and treat a maximum number of patients in only a day or two. Throughout the beginning of this year we have held a number of these health camps covering a diverse range of medical disciplines. 

In early March the Chauridali Rural Municipality arranged for a health camp to be held at Rajbash Hospital covering an unusually wide range of medical issues comprising general medicine, neurological diseases, routine surgery, pulmonology, gynecology, and infertility.

A blood testing camp was held on March 13th at a nearby secondary school, again organized by Chauridali rural municipality and coordinated by our hospital. Ms. Lama, our lab technician, was in charge of testing for blood type and glucose levels for the crowds of people that had heeded our appeals for this event.

This was followed up by an Oral Hygiene Awareness program coordinated by our hospital at a nearby secondary school. 350 students participated in the program that was presided over by our Dr. Manish.

A few months ago a generous donor offered us funding for a special, free orthopedics and physiotherapy camp to be held at the DCWC hospital. We identified 70 patients with chronic pain who had come to the hospital for treatment over the past couple of months. We then hired two specialists and purchased necessary medications. The camp was a roaring success. Instead of our initial 70 patients, a total of 139 patients received treatment. 

If we can raise the necessary funds,  we hope to do more such camps in the future, targeting different health issues. Already the above mentioned generous donor has offered to set up a funding match for a specialty camp to be held in the future. Look for our announcement in the coming month.

Since its founding in 2010, the Rajbash hospital has been dedicated to bring much needed health care to underserved rural populations in Nepal. We could not do this without your continued generous support. We are beyond grateful to you, our donors, for enabling us to continue our mission.

Presenter at Oral Hygiene Camp
Presenter at Oral Hygiene Camp
Blood Work camp registration
Blood Work camp registration
Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Treatment
Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Treatment
Waiting area for the Orthopedic Camp patients
Waiting area for the Orthopedic Camp patients
Patient interviewing at the Orthopedic Camp
Patient interviewing at the Orthopedic Camp

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The trekkers and guides
The trekkers and guides

Dear friends and supporters of the Rajbash Hospital.
Yes, Everest Base Camp! At an altitude of 17,598 feet!  
Since the Spring of 2019, our friend Gary and Manju from 'Love Nepal' in England had planned this challenging DCWC charity trek only to be thwarted again and again by the Covid pandemic.  Finally, in May of this year, their plans came to fruition. A group of 14 English hikers and 4 Nepali guides and porters, met at Tribuvan airport  for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to begin their trek. The youngest participant was Rian, Akka's son, at 10 yrs, and the oldest an English gentleman ofat 68 yrs, an intrepid soul and good friend of Gary's. From Lukla 5 yaks and their tender carried most of the luggage for the group allowing everyone to concentrate unburdened on the strenuous hike up the mountain.  The group was purposeful and cohesive. Stronger trekkers held back a little and encouraged those not as fit. Elation and pride for having accomplished a difficult challenge was clearly visible on people's faces in the pictures from Base Camp!
As is customary after the DCWC treks, a transition day was spent in Kathmandu to prepare for a three day visit to Rajbash hospital. There even was time for a visit to one of the local schools where students were gifted with new backpacks, school supplies and sports equipment. The pictures below speak more eloquently than my words to the joy this trekking group brought to the local school children.
In the meantime, back at the hospital, a young family, the woman highly pregnant, had walked from a neighboring district, arriving at midnight to deliver her baby at the hospital.  Everyone was delighted to learn that a baby girl had been successfully delivered just before they arrived. 

Over the years, trekking in the Himalayan mountains has been one way to raise money for the hospital. Trekking with a group and bonding around a common effort is also a very rich experience.  We have made lifelong friends through these journeys.  If you are interested in one of our treks, be it with a group or a solo experience with knowledgeable guides, please contact us for further information.

We continue to be most grateful to you, our supporters, for your commitment to this vital Hospital in rural Nepal.  
Patrick and Karin and the entire DCWC Community
Himalayan expanse
Himalayan expanse
Awesome peaks-awesome trekkers
Awesome peaks-awesome trekkers
Manju gifting school supplies to school children
Manju gifting school supplies to school children
Rian, 10 year old trekker, with yak
Rian, 10 year old trekker, with yak
Happy family with new baby
Happy family with new baby
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Lal - applying plasters
Lal - applying plasters

There are many direct and indirect benefits of our hospital in this small Rajbash community. One obvious direct benefit is: ongoing quality healthcare for all subsistence farming families in the area. One of the indirect benefits is: providing employment for a number of local individuals in direct services to the hospital as well as in ancillary areas like gardening and security. Let us introduce you to some of them:

Lal has been with the hospital since it opened in 2010. He is 32 years old, lives in Rajbash and has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He is a certified CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) which means he can do a little bit of everything, i.e.: X-ray procedures when the regular technician is not available; tending to everyday wound care; running the pharmacy; dental extractions & fillings; assistant hospital manager; tending to outpatient services. Lal recently also was certified for vaccine administration. Most of the doctors at Rajbash hospital only stay for two or three years before they move on to further professional training. Lal, with his uninterrupted service to the hospital since its beginning in 2010 therefore is truly a ‘centerpiece’ of the Rajbash hospital community.

And then there are Sabina and Punam, 22 and 21 years old, our Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) who live about a 20 minute walk from the hospital. They both attended the local Shree Khanda Devi secondary school, founded in 2008 by DCWC in conjunction with our Czech partners. Upon completion of their schooling DCWC sponsored both women for an 18 months ANM training and they subsequently obtained their Skilled Birthing Attendant (SBA) certificates as well. Both of them were hired for full time positions in the hospital 3 years ago. Both have an important role in the smooth functioning of our maternity department. It includes the tracking of patients for regular pre- and post natal visits at the hospital as well as in outlying villages, birthing attendance,  village outreach to educate people about the benefits of a hospital birth. If necessary and within the limits of their certification both can also assist the doctor with outpatient treatment.

The last to be introduced today is Tek, our ambulance driver. Tek is on call at all hours of the day and night to bring patients to one of the larger hospitals in Kathmandu or to simply bring them from an outlying village down to Rajbash. When he is not catching up on his sleep and has some extra time Tek takes loving care of the maintenance of our most precious vehicle, the ambulance. He too lives close to Rajbash with his family, a wife and two sons, aged 11 and 17.

By being a part of our Rajbash Hospital family, all four of the employees you have met today are having a stake in the success of our hospital for the sake of their families and that of their community. They help to spread an avenue of trust and reliablility for the hospital to the entire community.

As always , we are most grateful to you who provide ongoing support for the Hospital and all that it nurtures as part of the community.

Karin and Patrick

Lal - assisting new baby care
Lal - assisting new baby care
Pharmacy work
Pharmacy work
Sabina - suturing
Sabina - suturing
Sabina-with mom and baby
Sabina-with mom and baby
Punam -wound cleaning
Punam -wound cleaning

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Waiting for registration
Waiting for registration

 

On November 11, 2021 a free, mobile health camp was held at the Rajbash Hospital in the Kavre District of Nepal. Its focus were Dental-, Eye-, Gynecology- and general check-ups. The event was organized by the Kavre Rural Municipality in a great team effort with the following organizations:

 

The German Nepal Help Association (GBHA) provided funding.

The Nepali government provided the extra staff and the specialty doctors.

                                                                                                                                               -                                         DCWC provided lodging and food fort all 22 medical personnel as well as

  administrative assistance in advertising ahead of time to all outlying villages.

 

The camp was well attended with some patients walking as much as 6 hours to access the free care:

 

224 patients came for general check-ups.

 

234 came for eye check-ups (29 needed immediate cataract surgery)

 

57 women had gynecological consultations.

 

113 came for dental exams; 46 of those needed extractions.

 

We wanted to share this event with you as it illustrates the collaborative energy created by DCWC, the community and the hospital staff for the shared goal of providing much needed healthcare to this very rural, poor area of Nepal.

 

You, our donors, are an important part of that collaborative effort. 

We thank you for your ongoing support.

 from the entire DCWC Community,

 

Patrick and Karin

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Examinations
Examinations
Dispensing of Medications
Dispensing of Medications
Tracking symptoms and treatment
Tracking symptoms and treatment
In line for treatment
In line for treatment
Woman being examined
Woman being examined
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DCWC Community Hospital

Location: Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal
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