Chepang woman at medical camp
I regret there isn't a photo of the ultrasound to go with this report, I was sure I had some until I reached home and reviewed what was on my camera.
We recently conducted a medical camp in some Chepang Villages, located not far from Chitwan National Park. The Chepang live as both farmers and hunter-gatherers in the hills. The land they occupy can't support their food needs so half the year they are forced to forage what they can from the forest. They'd been denied citizenship for decades in Nepal and live on the fringes of society.
As we were checking patients at the medical outreach camp, a woman came in who we discovered was pregnant. This is her sixth pregnancy, she has five children now. We asked her about family planning and her shocking answer, which shows the lack of education in these villages was " I don't know how many of these babies god put inside my body but one day I am sure they will all be out and then there won't be more." That's how she really thinks it works.
We spent 3 days, saw 917 patients and will return to this village again in the fall of 2012 (and let me know if you'd like to join us) This village has no health care and camps like this are their only source of medical care.
Woman at medical camp
Chepang child at medical camp
Volunteer Nepali nurse with medicine at camp