New medical student Sangita
We are very pleased to announce that we have started providing funds to cover board, lodging, and travel to Sangita, so that she can continue her 1st year medical studies at Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS).
Before Sangita’s plight came to our attention, she was living a 2 hour bus ride away from PAHS making it 4 hours travelling every day to get to and from the medical school.
Sangita is on a full scholarship from the Nepal Government which covers all her tuition fees, but she has no other financial help. Her 4 hours of travel to and from PAHS was becoming untenable. This is where Doctors For Nepal has stepped in – we are providing Sangita with a partial scholarship so that she can live in the student hostel at PAHS, purchase a laptop (essential for completing her assignments), buy anatomy books that are needed for her course, and pay for her food in the student canteen.
Sangita has just returned from her first residential posting as part of her Community Based Learning and Education (CBLE). She describes her experience in her own words:
"My first residentail posting went really very well. I learn and enjoy a lot. The CBLE posting was scheduled for 7 days. Our main objective was to familiarize about the physical, economic, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of health at ward level, and assess the existing health services at the Health Post. We stayed at Padampokhari healthpost of Hetauda-13., Makwanpur. We tried to learn from community peopel. We conducted key informal interviews, with the the person in cahrg of the health post, the ward chairperson, the schol princiapl and the Budhist monastic, to find out about general status of health and its determinants. We also performed in-depth interview with 2 female community health volunteers to understand their duties and impact of their work on their life. The focus group discussion with a mothers' group was also conducted to find out about social problems existing there. I hope our posting was really very meaningly for my studies."
We have recorded a short video with Sangita in which she tells us why she wants to become and doctor and how, during the 2015 earthquake, her house in her village was completely destroyed. Please see the link below.
Sangita is eternally grateful to Doctors For Nepal giving her financial support, as now she can concentrate on her studies to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor in a remote area of Nepal.
Welcome dear Sangita to the Doctors For Nepal family.
Sangita's house, destroyed by the 2015 earthquake
Sangita measuring blood pressure at health post
Sangita (2nd left) with her project group