Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal

by Roads to Rehab - Nepal
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Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal
Medical care & rehabilitation changing lives Nepal

Namaste,

A nice story to share with you to demonstrate how much of a difference your generosity makes......

Ause comes from a remote, very poor region of Nepal called Bajura. He was referred to NHEDF on 23rd March  and had previously had an amputation of his right leg. He had developed a wound on his left great toe which had become infected. The wound had extended and had become very large and very painful. Ause said “I thought I had a cancer again, and my other leg must be chopped off. He told NHEDF's Director, Samrat " Sir I don't have any money to do this treatment. You are the only hope for my family. I have suffered a lot." 

Four months after being admitted and following a correct diagnosis and wonderful wound management by NHEDF’s nurses, and physiotherapy from Anjeela, his wound is now healed, and he was able to return home.

Ause said "I will never forget this organisation. You gave me a new life. I am so happy that I can work as before". Every patient has a story to tell…. Samrat says “It took us only 4 months to change his life. Look at them now and you can imagine their happiness”.

We would all like to thank you for your wonderful support.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

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Namaste,

We thought we would give you a little update on the COVID situation. Nepal has followed the trajectory of India and nationwide 1 in 2 people who presented for testing have been positive.  Nepal’s hospitals were quickly swamped and rapidly ran out of oxygen and ICU beds. There was talk of movement of more than 100,000 people entering and leaving Kathmandu each day and within no time at all, cases rose to more than 9,000 a day. 90% of the country went into lockdown on April 29th and this has now been extended.

We would like to pass our sincere condolences to the family of Riten who had been NHED's Treasurer since the organisation was first founded back in 2015. He tragically developed COVID and passed away in ICU on May 7th. He is survived by his wife and 7 year old daughter. Since he passed away, Samrat, NHEDF's Director, Board Member Devindra's wife, and Staff Nurse Aashika also tested positive, but have made a good recovery. Everyone has done an amazing job of keeping COVID out of the Shelter.

Things have continued at NHEDF as best they can, with staff working 12 hour days on alternate days to minimise their travel time. The Shelter has also been in lockdown which means new patients cannot be accepted and existing patients cannot be discharged.  NHEDF has again been supporting patients in hospital just like last year.

Since our last report, diagnoses of people at the Shelter have included spinal injuries, osteosarcoma and other cancers, cardiac conditions, infected wounds and vascular injury. Medical interventions included surgery, wound management, chemotherapy, amputation and general nursing care; and of course, ongoing physiotherapy for all from Anjeela.

As always, we would like to say a huge thank you for your amazing support, the need for which has only increased due to the terrible economic situation in Nepal which has affected so many. There is no such thing as unemployment benefits in Nepal, or Jobkeeper, Jobseeker or the possiiblity of being furloughed. The need for NHEDF's services has only increased and as they rely solely on donations,  the amount of support they can give is limited by the amount of funds and our fundraising.

GlobalGiving is holding its July Bonus Day campaign on Wednesday July 14th and we will be in touch nearer the time with the hope that we can continue providing funding to NHEDF for nursing care, physiotherapy, medications, medical equipment and supplies and continue working with them to change the lives of people who experience life changing injury or illness and cannot afford medical care due to poverty.

With best wishes and grateful thanks for your amazing support.

Stay safe and take care,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

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You are very much loved!
You are very much loved!

Welcome to our March Report in which we wanted to fill you in on NHEDF's news and make sure you know how many people's lives you have changed through your amazing support.

Firstly we wanted to let you know that NHEDF has applied for a name change that better reflects what they actually do! For those that often wonder why NHEDF was called NHEDF, it was because before the 2015 earthquake NHEDF was an organisation that recycled broken medical equipment and returned it to the hospital in perfect working order. After the earthquake the name just stuck. Due to fantastic ongoing support from people like you, NHEDF feels much more secure in their long- term future and have applied to the government department that manages their registration to become ‘Medical Rehabilitation Foundation Nepal’ (MRFN) so watch this space!

As always NHEDF has had plenty of challenges to keep them busy during the last 3 months! The diagnoses of new patients range from two cases of osteosarcoma, chemical burns, kidney stones, lung infections, cataract surgery, orthopaedic trauma and gynaecological conditions. Longer term patients continue to be treated for neurological injury, amputations, skin grafts, wound management, spinal injury and assessment for heart surgery. Anjeela, Aashika, Renuka and Lucky continue to work really hard; and key NHEDF members like Samrat and Devindra never stop!

Since our last report to you, 30 people with life changing injury have either been admitted to NHEDF, treated in hospital, discharged or transferred back to NHEDF, as they continue to travel down their road to rehabilitation. Visit our Facebook page to see their stories and learn more about our work.

On behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity. None of the above would be possible without you, and our sincere thanks go to you all for changing and continuing to change the lives of people who have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

Wound management is a big part of our nurses day!
Wound management is a big part of our nurses day!
Mishion needs heart surgery
Mishion needs heart surgery
Work place injuries are common
Work place injuries are common
Some patients journeys are longer than others...
Some patients journeys are longer than others...
Nepal is a tough place to be wheelchair bound
Nepal is a tough place to be wheelchair bound
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NHEDF is always a family affair!
NHEDF is always a family affair!

Namaste!

Welcome to our November report. Thanks to your amazing support, 31 people over the last quarter have been able to receive medical and surgical intervention, nursing care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services during these difficult times.

Things have been a little different at NHEDF due to Covid-19. Two national lockdowns have meant that a few patients have been supported in hospital only and have been discharged home directly, bypassing the Shelter. Other patients have had to stay at NHEDF for a little longer than necessary as there was simply no way of getting them home. Public transport was cancelled for long periods of time due to the Nepal-wide lockdown and some patients travel for 2 – 3 days to reach NHEDF. Other patients are still waiting for surgery that was postponed due to Covid -19 (or their surgeon got Covid-19) then for some, things have continued as usual. It has been a challenging time for Team NHEDF and our heartfelt admiration goes to everyone for managing the situations that were imposed on them in safe, kind, compassionate and creative ways.

This quarter, NHEDF has supported two adults and two children with burns injuries; a premature baby; three patients with closed head injuries (one is a long-standing patient at the Shelter whose initial reason for coming to NHEDF was complications following tetanus); and one man who contracted tetanus who we are happy to report made an amazing recovery. Several patients were treated for wound management.

NHEDF receives many patients experiencing orthopaedic injuries and over the last 3 months these have included several people with fractured arms, legs and/or spine; one man with damage to the metal rods that are often used to fix fractured femurs (thigh bones) and one patient requiring surgery for fractures she sustained 2 years ago and were never fixed – she had been bed bound for 2 years and can now walk again! Three patients required amputations of their lower limbs and their road to rehabilitation is always long.

Two patients were admitted with gynaecological problems including treatment of uterine prolapse. A toddler was admitted for cardiac assessment and was diagnosed with two ‘holes in the heart’. He is likely to require surgery. One lady required a lung resection for TB but sadly passed away within 24 hours of her surgery being performed.  Other people included a young girl with an eye injury and three patients with chronic illness whose stays were short. For one, the problem was easily solved! He simply needed a hearing aid. This simple solution has changed his life as he is able to hear for the first time in many years and is ecstatic.

All these cases demonstrate how you have changed and will continue to change the lives of people who have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go. There are so many stories like these, all made possible by your amazing support without which there would be no NHEDF and no good news stories like the above to report. 

We hope you are staying safe during these difficult times, and on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

Govindra & Ramlal when they arrived at NHEDF
Govindra & Ramlal when they arrived at NHEDF
Govindra & Ramlal were discharged 16 months later
Govindra & Ramlal were discharged 16 months later
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Wound care from NHEDF's wonderful nurses
Wound care from NHEDF's wonderful nurses

Namaste!

As part of this report, we thought we would share Chhema’s story with you which is another wonderful example of how you change the lives of people who have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go.

Chhema is 29 and comes from a village in the Solu region of Nepal where many households still cook on an open fire. She has a history of epilepsy and during her first seizure in ten years she fell into the fire resulting in burns to her left foot, ankle and lower leg. It was a walk of several hours to the nearest health post where the wound was dressed, but infection and later gangrene set in. Chhema was sent to Kathmandu and required a below knee amputation.

She was devastated, not only due to the loss of her leg, but her husband abandoned her knowing she would be disabled leaving her alone with her beautiful baby girl. Cheema was discharged from hospital to NHEDF for post-op wound management, physiotherapy and intensive rehabilitation. Her brother became her care-giver and helped support Chhema along her 9-month road to rehabilitation, which was made even longer by the Covid pandemic. Eventually with the help of new shoes, a prosthetic leg and lots of physiotherapy she was discharged home in mid-July.

There are so many stories like these, all made possible by your amazing support without which there would be no NHEDF and no good news stories like the above to report.  Thanks to you, Chhema, like all patients at the Shelter, has been able to have somewhere to stay in Kathmandu and receive physical and emotional support, medical and surgical treatment, wonderful nursing care and physiotherapy at no cost to herself. Without this, like many of NHEDF’s patients, she would have either died or been left destitute.

If you would like to read a bit more Covid-19 in Nepal and how it has impacted and is still impacting life at the Shelter please read on, otherwise on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

Covid, NHEDF & Nepal:

As this report goes to publication there are now 22,600 reported cases of Covid-19 throughout Nepal with the pandemic no longer being confined to regions along the border with India. About 50% of NHEDF’s patients returned to their villages before lockdown. Those who could not manage without the services NHEDF provides remained.

Throughout this crisis, Samrat had to skilfully negotiate with local authorities before he was allowed to take a patient like Govindra to the Emergency Department for IV antibiotics for cellulitis, or deliver gas bottles for cooking to the Shelter or allow NHEDF's nurses to attend work.

We made a decision to continue to pay our nurses wages whilst they were prohibited from going to work during the first 3 weeks of lockdown, during which time nursing instructions were provided by tele-health. After 3 weeks of lockdown, Samrat finally obtained permission for staff to continue their duties which meant he acquired an extra job as a taxi driver (as there was still no public transport operating) and was allowed to transport them from home to work and back again every day.

Now NHEDF’s Shelter is almost close to capacity again with patients with burns, orthopaedic injury and hospital acquired pressure sores requiring surgery, neurological conditions and wound management and there is an increasing demand for NHEDF’s services.

The nationwide lockdown in Nepal eased on July 21, so life for patients at NHEDF’s Shelter is starting to get back to normal despite many establishments remaining closed. Public transport outside the Kathmandu valley is still not operating so a couple of patients have had to stay despite being well enough to go home, as they simply cannot get home however it looks like Nepal, including the airport and public transport, will open up later this month. The need for NHEDF’s services  will only increase as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic.

We hope you are staying safe during these difficult times, and on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

Physiotherapy time!
Physiotherapy time!
My new leg!
My new leg!
My  new shoes!
My new shoes!
Thank you NHEDF for 9 months of love &support
Thank you NHEDF for 9 months of love &support
Time to go home!
Time to go home!
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