Real Medicine Foundation - Nepal News and Updates from Nepal http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/ 2017-11-16T13:47:58-08:00 RMF Nepal Flood Relief Program in the Nepali News: September 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/09/02/nepal-flood-relief-in-the-nepali-news-september-2017/ 2017-09-07T17:13:27-07:00 2017-09-02T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <img alt="" src="/assets/59b1dae923f812741e001796/Nepal_Flood_Relief_Article.png" style="width: 600px;" /><br /> &nbsp; <h4>Translation: Free Health Camp for Flood Affected People</h4> <strong>Mahottari, September 2, 2017</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Focusing on the health problems of people from flood affected areas, the Paramedical Association of Nepal (PAN) organized a free health camp at Bardibas-8, Hattilet, Mahottari with the support of Real Medicine Foundation Nepal</strong> on September 2, 2017. The chairperson of PAN, Mr. Hari Kunwar, inaugurated the free camp through which 237 patients received health services.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In addition to free health check-ups and medicine distribution, health education, hygiene and sanitation, a nutrition corner, and rehabilitation counseling services were also provided by the team of 2 medical doctors and 21 paramedical volunteers through the camp. The Office of Drinking Water and Sanitation supported bottled water, and water purifying solution &ldquo;Piyush&rdquo; was distributed through this camp.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Community people who benefited from the camp seemed happy and satisfied with the management and services provided by the camp. The chairperson asked the secretariat members of PAN to be mobilized for people troubled by the floods and similar disasters. <strong>The program manager and Nepal representative of Real Medicine Foundation, Mr. Ganesh Shrestha, expressed his commitment to supporting people in need through such activities in the future.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The original article can be found at <a href="http://www.amsanchar.com/news/17057">http://www.amsanchar.com/news/17057</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org 300 Relief Packages Distributed: August 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/08/31/300-relief-packages-distributed-august-2017/ 2017-09-11T09:01:24-07:00 2017-08-31T18:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Although it is a small, landlocked country, Nepal contains great geographical variety, ranging from some of the highest mountain peaks in the world to highlands, hills, and the plains of the Terai region. Nepal also has many lakes, streams, and rivers, which typically flood during the monsoon season (June–September). However, the monsoon rains of 2017 have been exceptionally heavy, triggering floods and landslides on a massive scale in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh and affecting an estimated 24 million people.</p> <p><strong>In Nepal, hundreds of villages were cut off from transportation, electricity, and communications, 90,000 homes have been destroyed, and 150 people have died. The United Nations has called it Nepal’s worst flooding in a decade.</strong> The country’s hilly districts have suffered from landslides, while the southern plains, Nepal’s primary agricultural area, have been most affected by flooding. The Terai region, in particular, has suffered greatly from the wrath of its rivers in districts Saptari, Rautahat, Mahottari, Siraha Bardiya, Sunsari, Banke, Chitwan, Morang, Sarlahi, Kailai, and Jhapa. <strong>Because these are mainly farming areas, along with the current difficulties in accessing food, shelter, and clean water, there is concern that the country may experience severe food shortages due to the destroyed crops. Affected populations are also at risk for waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases.</strong></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) has been active in Nepal since shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, and we continue to provide relief, medical, and educational support in several regions of the country. <strong>When <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal’s team saw the devastation caused by this year’s severe monsoon rains, they determined to provide relief to affected communities.</strong></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> decided to concentrate our flood relief efforts in the <strong>Rautahat District</strong> of the Terai region in southern Nepal, where <strong><span class="caps">NGO</span> relief services had not yet been extended</strong>. Rautahat District is about 200 km from Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, and is bordered by India to the south. The Bagmati and Lal Bakaiya rivers both flow through Rautahat District, and because of this year’s exceptionally heavy rainfall, <strong>the rivers have overflown their banks and flooded much of the area</strong>. The district is home to a large number of Muslim communities (a typically underserved minority group in Nepal), and most families are farmers who have <strong>lost their crops in the flooding.</strong></p> Gaurav Pradhan, Pragya Gautam, and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org RMF in Nepali News: Free Check-Ups, Dental Care, and Medicine http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/08/01/rmf-in-nepali-news-free-check-ups-dental-care-and-medicine/ 2017-08-27T12:15:50-07:00 2017-08-01T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h5>Free Health Camp by Real Medicine Foundation</h5> <p>Dhulikhel, 30 June. <strong>A free health camp was conducted by Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) at Dhulikhel, Kavre. Altogether, 48 people benefitted from the camp, including female children from Help Nepal Network Children&rsquo;s Home.</strong> A medical officer, Dr. Munu Mahat, and health personnel from Paramedical Association of Nepal (PAN) conducted free health check-ups and a free medicine distribution program, and a dentist, Balaram Dhail, conducted free dental check-ups and counseling on dental hygiene. Due to the poor dental hygiene of the children from the orphanage, Mr. Balaram conducted a demonstration session for the right technique of brushing teeth and maintenance of oral hygiene for the children. Real Medicine Foundation provided toothbrushes and toothpaste for all the children from the orphanage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The program was organized by PAN and supported by RMF. The chief guests were Dr. Arjun Prasad Sapkota, Chief Public Health Administrator of District Public Health Office Kavre, Mr. Rajdas Kafle, President of PAN-Kavre district, and Mr. Purna Bahadur Karki of Help Nepal Network. They declared that a lot of locals from the area, and especially the children from Help Nepal Network Children&rsquo;s Home, took advantage of the health camp. They also expressed that they will seek such cooperation from RMF in similar humanitarian activities. RMF Program Manager Mr. Ganesh Shrestha and Program Coordinator Ms. Pragya Gautam appreciated the success of the program and committed to assist in humanitarian events in the future. Earlier, RMF had also organized a program to distribute free wheelchairs and medical equipment to the health centers of Madan Kundari, Gothpani, Pokhari Chauri, Kolti, Birta Deurali, and Dhuseni Siwalaya Village Development Committees of Koshipari in Kavre District.&nbsp;</p><img alt="" src="/assets/5980be88a0b5dd20945b9b92/RMF_in_Nepali_News_2.jpg" /> Kavre Post info@realmedicinefoundation.org MOHP Skills Lab Handover to NAMS: June 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/07/18/mohp-skilles-lab-handover-june-2017/ 2017-07-25T06:48:32-07:00 2017-07-18T06:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>Despite many programs related to women’s health, including those promoting institutional deliveries, safe motherhood, capacity building of skilled birth attendants, etc., Nepal’s maternal mortality rate has not seen significant improvement within the last five years, going from 281 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2011 to 258 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016</strong> (<span class="caps">NDHS</span>, 2016). Although government and <span class="caps">NGO</span> programs have helped reduce the maternal mortality rate, the target for 2017, i.e. the Second Long-Term Health Plan (1997-2017) goal of no more than 250 deaths per 100,000 live births, was not achieved. Nepal’s infant mortality rate has also improved somewhat, going from 46 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011 to 32 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016. The neonatal mortality rate is still high as well: 21 deaths per 1,000 live births (<span class="caps">NDHS</span>, 2016).</p> <p><strong>Nepal’s government has realized that increasing the number of specialized health professionals, such as qualified midwives, is essential to reducing the country’s high maternal and neonatal mortality rates.</strong> After holding hundreds of workshops and seeking help from external development partners, the government of Nepal has successfully launched a Bachelor of Midwifery Sciences (<span class="caps">BMS</span>) program at two well-respected Nepali institutions: The National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>) and Kathmandu University (KU).</p> <p>The Bachelor of Midwifery Sciences (<span class="caps">BMS</span>) program was developed and continues to be supported by a consortium of partners, including the Ministry of Health and Population (<span class="caps">MOHP</span>) and the United Nations Population Fund (<span class="caps">UNFPA</span>), as well as the World Health Organization (<span class="caps">WHO</span>), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (<span class="caps">GIZ</span>), and Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>). The implementing organizations are the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>) and Kathmandu University (KU). The consortium functions to ensure support of every aspect of the <span class="caps">BMS</span> program without duplication of efforts, working together to build strong cadres of qualified midwives to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among mothers and newborns.</p> <p><strong>To this end, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is currently supporting the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>) in its implementation of the program. <span class="caps">RMF</span> had committed to support <span class="caps">NAMS</span> with a midwifery skills lab, faculty training, and education materials. <span class="caps">RMF</span> was asked to provide cupboards and display shelves for the skills lab, and thus far, we have provided 13 display shelves for the skills lab, 2 large display cupboards for the library, and a 12-door, steel locker for students’ use at the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu.</strong></p> <h6><span class="caps">NAMS</span> Midwifery Skills Lab Handover: June 26, 2017</h6> <p>On June 26th, 2017, Real Medicine Foundation Nepal organized a small ceremony for the handover of support materials provided for the Bachelor of Midwifery Sciences (<span class="caps">BMS</span>) program at the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>), Bir Hospital Nursing Campus. <span class="caps">NAMS</span> officials, professors, and students were very happy to receive the support materials.</p> Ganesh Shrestha and Pragya Gautam info@realmedicinefoundation.org Approval Received for 5-year Health Care System Strengthening and Outreach Program: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/06/19/developing-5-year-health-care-system-strengthening-and-outreach-program-q1-2017/ 2017-06-30T13:29:44-07:00 2017-06-19T13:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>A year has passed since <span class="caps">RMF</span> started operating a health clinic in Arupokhari, Gorkha. During this time period, <strong>the clinic has treated many patients with different health problems</strong>. What began as a small initiative with a small budget and a steadfast commitment from <span class="caps">RMF</span> and the local community has <strong>grown into a lifesaving, easily accessible, much-needed health solution for the community</strong>. Before <span class="caps">RMF</span> operated the clinic, the nearest health post was about 4–5 hours away, and any health facilities were few and far between. Now through RMF’s initiative, the people of Arupokhari and neighboring villages have <strong>access to a 24/7, free health service facility</strong>, as well as basic medicines at a highly-subsidized rate.</p> <p>During this time period, <strong>RMF’s health clinic has treated 7,568 patients, averaging up to 486 patients a month</strong>. The people of Arupokhari and surrounding villages are very grateful for RMF’s efforts in providing high quality, free health services, which were previously very hard to come by. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic <strong>ensures that patients receive free, quality health services</strong>, as well as medicines at a very reasonable and subsidized rate, which is why RMF’s clinic is very popular in Arupokhari and neighboring communities.</p> <p>With this success and popularity, we were able to run the <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic on the revenue collected from sales of medicines, even after providing medicines at a subsidized rate. <strong>The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic was able to achieve self-sustainability within the short span of one year</strong>, all because of the efforts and dedication of our clinic staff.</p> Ganesh Shrestha, Nepal Program Manager and Pragya Gautam, Program and M&E Coordinator info@realmedicinefoundation.org Approval Received for 5-year Health Care System Strengthening and Outreach Program: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/06/18/approval-received-for-5-year-health-care-system-strengthening-and-outreach-program-q1-2017/ 2017-06-30T13:42:05-07:00 2017-06-18T21:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>A year has passed since <span class="caps">RMF</span> started operating a health clinic in Arupokhari, Gorkha. During this time period, <strong>the clinic has treated many patients with different health problems</strong>. What began as a small initiative with a small budget and a steadfast commitment from <span class="caps">RMF</span> and the local community has <strong>grown into a lifesaving, easily accessible, much-needed health solution for the community</strong>. Before <span class="caps">RMF</span> operated the clinic, the nearest health post was about 4–5 hours away, and any health facilities were few and far between. Now through RMF’s initiative, the people of Arupokhari and neighboring villages have <strong>access to a 24/7, free health service facility</strong>, as well as basic medicines at a highly-subsidized rate.</p> <p>During this time period, <strong>RMF’s health clinic has treated 7,568 patients, averaging up to 486 patients a month</strong>. The people of Arupokhari and surrounding villages are very grateful for RMF’s efforts in providing high quality, free health services, which were previously very hard to come by. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic <strong>ensures that patients receive free, quality health services</strong>, as well as medicines at a very reasonable and subsidized rate, which is why RMF’s clinic is very popular in Arupokhari and neighboring communities.</p> <p>With this success and popularity, we were able to run the <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic on the revenue collected from sales of medicines, even after providing medicines at a subsidized rate. <strong>The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic was able to achieve self-sustainability within the short span of one year</strong>, all because of the efforts and dedication of our clinic staff.</p> Ganesh Shrestha, Nepal Program Manager and Pragya Gautam, Program and M&E Coordinator info@realmedicinefoundation.org Providing Needed Equipment and Materials to Support Midwifery Education: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/06/14/providing-needed-equipment-materials-and-tuition-to-support-midwifery-education-q1-2017/ 2017-06-16T09:01:49-07:00 2017-06-14T19:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The April 2015 earthquake damaged or destroyed up to 90% of health facilities in many rural areas, <strong>affecting 2 million women of reproductive age and over 126,000 pregnant women</strong>. According to the World Health Organization (<span class="caps">WHO</span>), over 85% of urban pregnancies are over medicalized in Nepal. However, only 16% to 18.6% of Nepal’s population lives in its cities, and many rural areas are deprived of professional midwifery services, modern medicines, and access to surgery. When pregnancy complications arise, <strong>this lack of proper care leads to the death of the mother and child in most cases</strong>. Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population (<span class="caps">MOHP</span>) and the United Nations Population Fund (<span class="caps">UNFPA</span>) are working in partnership with several universities and organizations, including <span class="caps">RMF</span>, to build midwifery education programs. The goal is to <strong>create strong cadres of qualified midwives to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among mothers and newborns</strong>.</p> <p>During this reporting period <span class="caps">RMF</span>:</p> <ul> <li>Continued supporting the Midwifery Education Program at the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>), Bir Hospital Nursing Campus</li> <li>Worked to provide the college’s requested equipment and materials</li> <li><strong>Provided a 12-door locker</strong>, which has been installed at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu for the midwifery students’ use</li> <li>Attended External Development Partner (<span class="caps">EDP</span>) Meeting on February 13, 2017</li> <li>Attended <span class="caps">MOHP</span> and <span class="caps">EDP</span> Meeting on March 2, 2017</li> </ul> Ganesh Shrestha, Program Manager and Pragya Gautam, Program and M&E Coordinator info@realmedicinefoundation.org Construction Partner Chosen: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/06/12/construction-partner-chosen-q1-2017/ 2017-06-12T13:42:36-07:00 2017-06-12T13:20:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Lumbini is not among the earthquake hit regions and is situated in western Nepal. The program was selected by RMF’s team because of its strong alignment with our motto, “Liberating Human Potential.” Although the region is only 205 km west of the capital city, Kathmandu, the treatment of women in Lumbini is astonishing. The region has the <strong>lowest female literacy rate in Nepal</strong>, at just <strong>18%</strong>. This is a <em>clear indication of gender bias and discouragement of women’s education and growth</em>.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> has joined hands with Karuna Girls’ School</strong>, which provides education for girls from grades 6–12, as well as vocational training for underprivileged girls and women in Lumbini. The curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, computer literacy, health, hygiene, nutrition, and family planning, while vocational training includes courses in computer literacy and tailoring.</p> <p>During the course of 2016, the school grew from serving <strong>150 students to 186 students</strong>. The curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, computer literacy, health, hygiene, nutrition, and family planning, while vocational training includes courses in computer literacy and tailoring.</p> <p>RMF’s current support to the school is in <strong>constructing a 4-classroom building</strong> and handing it over to Karuna Girls’ School. This is a step in helping the school to meet its <strong>long-term goal of accommodating 500 students</strong>.</p> Ganesh Shrestha, Pragya Gautam, and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org 5 New RMF-Supported Medical Staff Members: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/06/12/5-new-rmf-supported-medical-staff-members-q1-2017/ 2017-06-12T20:23:19-07:00 2017-06-12T12:50:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Kanti Children’s Hospital provides <strong>free health services to financially challenged patients</strong>, there are always constraints with regard to the availability of funds, which makes it challenging to provide medical support to every child that is referred to the hospital. Recently, the hospital development board decided to <strong>upgrade the Intensive Care Unit (<span class="caps">ICU</span>)</strong> from 8 beds to 52 beds. The hospital has also started a triage area in the Emergency Unit.</p> <p>Shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, Real Medicine Foundation started its support of Kanti Children’s Hospital by donating <strong>$408,000 worth of medicines, medical supplies, and laboratory supplies</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> also continues to support a blood bank, lodging, food, transportation, medicines, laboratory services, and other necessities for needy patients and their families.</p> <p>In March 2017, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> expanded its support to Kanti Children’s Hospital</strong>, and is now providing the hospital with <strong>3 Medical Officers</strong> and <strong>2 Registered Nurses</strong>. RMF’s Medical Officers are working in the <span class="caps">CICU</span> (Central Intensive Care Unit), and the Registered Nurses are working in the emergency triage area.</p> Ganesh Shrestha and Pragya Gautam info@realmedicinefoundation.org Improvement of Monitoring and Reporting: Q1 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/05/31/201-children-treated-6-funded-by-rmf-q1-2017/ 2017-09-05T18:44:18-07:00 2017-05-31T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>During the month of January, 78 children became ill at <span class="caps">NCO</span> Naxal and Sifal. 72 had minor ailments and were treated by RMF’s nurses. 6 children required treatment at different hospitals, and <span class="caps">RMF</span> funded the treatment of 2 of these children. Similarly, in the month of February, 78 children were sick, and 12 of them were treated at the hospital. <span class="caps">RMF</span> sponsored the treatment of 4 of these children. In March, 63 children were treated by <span class="caps">RMF</span> nurses, and only 2 children were sent to the hospital. The illnesses of these 2 children were not serious, and <span class="caps">NCO</span> itself bore the cost of treatment.</p> <p>The children whose treatment costs were borne by <span class="caps">RMF</span> had serious illnesses and required costly diagnostic interventions. <span class="caps">NCO</span> was unable to afford the treatment of these children, so RMF’s nurses took over these cases and requested that <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal’s office provide the needed financial support. Although the number of children supported by <span class="caps">RMF</span> for treatment in the hospital (6) is lower than those whose treatment was sponsored by <span class="caps">NCO</span> (14), the financial weight was higher for those sponsored by <span class="caps">RMF</span>.</p> Ganesh Shrestha, Program Manager, and Pragya Gautam, Program and M&E Coordinator info@realmedicinefoundation.org Comprehensive Planning Completed for 9 Schools: January-April 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/04/14/comprehensive-planning-completed-for-9-schools-january-april-2017/ 2017-04-17T14:55:48-07:00 2017-04-14T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The district of Sindhupalchok, Nepal was one of the areas hit hardest by the April 2015 earthquake: <strong>more than 2,000 people died</strong>, many were injured, and the vast majority of houses, schools, and medical facilities were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. In Bhotenamlang, the hometown of Maya Gurung (one of the founders of Seven Summits Women), <strong>there was not 1 house left intact</strong>. Sindhupalchok district was already known for sex-trafficking, lack of education, and discrimination against women, and the earthquake’s destruction meant that <strong>these problems would only grow worse</strong>. <br /> <br /></p> <h5>RMF&#8217;s Presence</h5> <p>Soon after the earthquake, Real Medicine Foundation partnered with Seven Summits Women to <strong>rebuild schools, health posts, and other damaged public structures</strong> in the village of Bhotenamlang, Sindhupalchok, and to <strong>provide immediate relief and long-term support</strong> to the people of Sindhupalchok district. Currently, <span class="caps">RMF</span>, through Seven Summits Women:</p> <ul> <li>Improves <span class="caps">WASH</span> conditions in Bhotenamlang <span class="caps">VDC</span></li> <li>Supports a tailoring vocational training program for women</li> <li>Provides English classes for a local mothers’ group, supports teachers</li> <li>Provides afternoon meals to more than 2,000 schoolchildren at 8 schools</li> <li>Is working to build Bhotenamlang Community Center</li> <li>Is working to rebuild Balsudhar Primary School</li> <li>Pursues new programs with additional partners</li> </ul> Kushal Harjani and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org Free Treatment for an Average of 450 Patients Each Month: December 2016 - February 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/03/21/free-treatment-for-an-average-of-450-patients-each-month/ 2017-08-02T09:44:08-07:00 2017-03-21T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>A year has passed since Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) started operating a health clinic in Arupokhari, Gorkha. During this time period, the clinic has treated many patients with different health problems. What began as a small initiative with a small budget and a steadfast commitment from <span class="caps">RMF</span> and the local community <strong>has grown into a lifesaving, easily accessible, much-needed health solution for the community</strong>.</p> <p>Before <span class="caps">RMF</span> operated the clinic, the nearest health post was about <strong>4–5 hours away</strong>, and any health facilities were few and far between. Now through RMF’s initiative, the people of Arupokhari and neighboring villages <strong>have access to a 24/7, free health service facility</strong>, as well as <strong>basic medicines</strong> at a highly-subsidized rate.</p> <p>During this time period, RMF’s health clinic has treated <strong>7,010 patients</strong>, averaging up to <strong>450 patients a month</strong>. The people of Arupokhari and surrounding villages are very grateful for RMF’s efforts in <strong>providing high quality, free health services</strong>, which were previously very hard to come by. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic ensures that patients receive free, quality health services, as well as medicines at a very reasonable and subsidized rate, which is why RMF’s clinic is very popular in Arupokhari and neighboring communities.</p> <p>With this success and popularity, we were able to run the <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic on the revenue collected from sales of medicines, even after providing medicines at a subsidized rate. <em>The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Health Clinic was able to achieve self-sustainability within the short span of one year, all because of the efforts and dedication of our clinic staff.</em></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Construction Plan for New Classrooms Approved: December 2016 - January 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/02/15/construction-plan-for-new-classrooms-approved-february-2017/ 2017-11-16T13:47:58-08:00 2017-02-15T11:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Lumbini is not among the earthquake hit regions and is situated in western Nepal. The program was selected by RMF’s team because of its strong alignment with our motto, “Liberating Human Potential.” Although the region is only 205 km west of the capital city, Kathmandu, the treatment of women in Lumbini is astonishing. The region has the <strong>lowest female literacy rate</strong> in Nepal, at just <strong>18%</strong>. <em>This is a clear indication of gender bias and discouragement of women’s education and growth.</em></p> <p><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> has joined hands with Karuna Girls’ School</strong>, which provides education for girls from grades 6–12, as well as vocational training for underprivileged girls and women in Lumbini. The curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, computer literacy, health, hygiene, nutrition, and family planning, while vocational training includes courses in computer literacy and tailoring.</p> <p>During the course of 2016, the school grew from serving 150 students to <strong>186 students</strong>. Karuna Girls’ School is looking to expand further, with the long-term goal of serving a student population of <strong>500 girls</strong>. Since this is an all-girls school, parents are more willing to allow their daughters to attend, and Karuna Girls’ School has gained some popularity in the region. The school hopes to receive many more admissions requests, and is in the process of <strong>expanding their infrastructure</strong> before the May 2017 admission session.</p> Suman Gurung and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org Uplifting the Community Through Education and Infrastructure Support: December 2016 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/01/22/uplifting-the-community-through-education-and-infrastructure-support-december-2016/ 2017-01-23T08:12:52-08:00 2017-01-22T08:50:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Soon after the earthquake, Real Medicine Foundation partnered with Seven Summits Women to rebuild schools, health posts, and other damaged public structures in the village of Bhotenamlang, Sindhupalchok, and to <strong>provide immediate relief and long-term support</strong> to the people of Sindhupalchok district. Currently, <span class="caps">RMF</span>, through Seven Summits Women:</p> <ul> <li>Improves <span class="caps">WASH</span> conditions in Bhotenamlang <span class="caps">VDC</span></li> <li>Supports a tailoring vocational training program for women</li> <li>Provides English classes for a local mothers’ group, supports teachers</li> <li>Provides afternoon meals to more than 2,000 schoolchildren at 8 schools</li> <li>Is working to build Bhotenamlang Community Center</li> <li>Is working to rebuild Balsudhar Primary School</li> <li>Pursues new programs with additional partners</li> </ul> Kushal Harjani info@realmedicinefoundation.org Assessing Needs to Develop University Programs: July - December 2016 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/01/21/partnership-with-mohp-unfpa-who-and-giz-to-foster-midwifery-education-july-december-2016/ 2017-05-11T07:34:22-07:00 2017-01-21T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The program to foster midwifery education in Nepal directly correlates to the Nepal government’s initiative to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity by placing professional midwives in birthing centers throughout the country to <strong>ensure availability, access to, and utilization of skilled care at every birth</strong>.</p> <p>The program entails <strong>assisting the selected universities to pioneer midwifery education in Nepal</strong> by meeting the international curriculum standards of the <a href="http://www.who.int/en/">World Health Organization (<span class="caps">WHO</span>)&nbsp;</a> and <a href="http://www.internationalmidwives.org/">International Confederation of Midwives (<span class="caps">ICM</span>)&nbsp;</a> under the supervision and mentorship of foreign, professional midwives. The curriculum will be assessed by the <a href="http://www.nnc.org.np/">Nepal Nursing Council (<span class="caps">NNC</span>)&nbsp;</a> to ensure it meets the benchmarks set by the program. The program aims to establish midwifery as a profession that is independent and separate from nursing.</p> <p>With the <strong>aim to produce more professional midwives</strong>, a consortium of development partners was established, which includes these well-respected organizations:</p> <ul> <li>United Nations Population Fund (<span class="caps">UNFPA</span>)</li> <li>Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (<span class="caps">GIZ</span>)</li> <li>World Health Organization (<span class="caps">WHO</span>)</li> <li>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>)</li> <li>Royal College of Midwives (<span class="caps">RCM</span>)</li> </ul> <p>The need for this program is <strong>urgent</strong>, as the population of Nepal is projected to reach a total of 32.9 million by the year 2030, and the country will face even more <strong>shortages of professional midwives</strong>, especially in rural areas. This need is also confirmed by the Nepal government’s Midwifery Education and Management Guidelines published in 2016.</p> Suman Gurung info@realmedicinefoundation.org