A visiting doctor (right) and two of her patients.
Himalayan HealthCare has been able to continue to provide much needed health care to thousands of patients in rural Nepal at our hospital in Ilam due to the generosity of our many supporters. In 2012, 9,315 patients were served in the hospital. Prenatal care was provided to 138 women and 98 surgeries were performed including seven successful C-sections. The hospital also continues to provide outpatient care, emergency services, an HIV clinic, immunization services, and village medical camps to serve those who cannot easily reach the hospital.
In November we hosted a two week ob-gyn camp at the hospital. Over 1,400 patients were seen and 36 surgeries were performed by a group of volunteer surgeons, physicians and nurses from the United States (photos from this event accompany this report). In addition, there were five days of training for the local midwives and numerous Clean Birth Kits were provided for them to facilitate their services.
Our hospital in Ilam was featured in a National Geographic assignment blog posted December 21, 2012 by Jesse Seaver. Jesse writes, “although it serves as an imperative medical resource for the local population, the hospital struggles to survive under financial and political strains.”
Himalayan Healthcare will continue to provide health services where others do not, and we very much appreciate the support we receive to realize this goal. We look forward to continuing our services in rural Nepal.
A medical exam room in rural Nepal.