Real Medicine Foundation - Nepal News and Updates from Nepal http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/ 2018-01-30T21:04:51-08:00 Construction Phase One Is Complete: May-September 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2018/01/25/construction-phase-one-is-complete-may-september-2017/ 2018-01-25T12:01:20-08:00 2018-01-25T11:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Lumbini is 205 km west of the capital city, Kathmandu, and has the <strong>lowest female literacy rate in Nepal</strong>, at just <strong>18%</strong>. Issues such as the marriage of girls before age 12, parents’ reluctance to have their girls in school with boys after puberty, the dowry system, and restriction of women’s decision-making all play a role in suppressing the rights and potential of women in the region.</p> <p>Karuna Girls’ School is working to change these statistics by <strong>providing education for girls</strong> from grades 6–12, as well as vocational training for underprivileged girls and women in Lumbini. 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. During the course of 2016, the school grew from serving 150 students to <strong>186 students</strong>.</p> <p>RMF’s current support to the school is in constructing a <strong>4-classroom building</strong> and handing it over to Karuna Girls’ School. This is a step in helping the school to meet its long-term goal of accommodating 500 students.</p> Gaurav Pradhan and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org Free Health Camps for Cold Affected Communities: January 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2018/01/18/free-health-camps-for-cold-affected-communities-january-2018/ 2018-01-19T11:52:09-08:00 2018-01-18T20:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Taking Action</h4> <h5>RMF-Supported Health Camps</h5> <p>In an article posted on January 7, 2018, The Himalayan Times describes the concern expressed by the National Human Rights Commission for the most vulnerable communities, explaining that in addition to a lack of blankets and warm clothing, people have died from typically minor ailments, such as the common cold or a fever, due to the lack of medical attention and basic drugs like paracetamol. To help treat these and other illnesses caused or complicated by the cold, RMF Nepal quickly began supporting free health camps for cold affected communities. Thus far in early January, RMF has supported two health camps in the area of Itahari, Terai region.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h4>Musahari Tole, Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City:</h4> <h5>January 10, 2018</h5> <p>On January 10, 2018, RMF supported a free health camp in cooperation with the Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City Office. The camp was held in the Musahari Tole area of the municipality. RMF provided medicine for the event, while the city provided medical professionals. 168 vulnerable community members received essential care and medicines through this free health camp.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<br /> <a href="/assets/5a6179c540780805d0048de2/2.jpg"><img alt="" src="/assets/5a6179c540780805d0048de2/2.jpg" /></a> <p>Patients young and old arrive for medical care.</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a6179d340780805c416b42c/8.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;A city worker distributes RMF-provided medicines.<br /> .<br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a61810123f81205e60e7d05/5.jpg" /> <p>Community members wait for medical consultations and medicine.</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a61812c23f81205f202075c/6.jpg" /> <p>Community members being registered and examined by medical workers.</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a61816e23f81205e60e7d11/IMG_6468.jpg" /> <p>Many mothers brought their children for check-ups and medicine.</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a6181cb23f81205e60e7d32/IMG_6460.jpg" /> <p>RMF was pleased to support these vulnerable community members by providing medicines free of charge.</p>&nbsp; <h4><br /> Pakali Tole, Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City:</h4> <h5>January 11, 2018</h5> <p>On January 11, 2018, RMF supported a second free health camp in coordination with the municipality. This health camp was held in Pakali Tole area, one of the poorest communities of Itahari sub-metropolitan city and Sunsari District. Once more, the Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City Office provided medical professionals and RMF provided medicines. 153 people were served at this second health camp, and most patients were women and children. Both the mayor and the health coordinator of the municipality were very thankful to RMF for our support.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>&nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617d9523f81205e60e7a2a/17.jpg" /><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617d9b23f81205e60e7a3c/18.jpg" /> <p>Mothers and children seeking medical attention at the RMF-supported health camp in Pakali Tole.&nbsp;</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617e1840780805c416b6b8/IMG_6671.jpg" /> <p>Patients young and old being examined by medical workers.&nbsp;</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617e8e40780805e2011988/13.jpg" /> <p>Patients receiving free health consultations.&nbsp;</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617eef40780805c416b724/IMG_6691.jpg" /> <p>Distribution of RMF-provided medicines.&nbsp;</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a617f6f40780805c416b7b2/21.jpg" /> <p>Patients were glad to receive medicines, which would otherwise be inaccessible to most.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><br /> <img alt="" src="/assets/5a61809523f81205e60e7cd9/team.jpg" /> <p>Itahari medical team with RMF Program Director Ganesh Shrestha.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Ganesh Shrestha and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org 10 New ICU Beds Donated to Hospital: January 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2018/01/16/10-new-hospital-beds-donated-to-hospital-january-2018/ 2018-01-16T17:42:50-08:00 2018-01-16T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) started its support of Kanti Children’s Hospital by donating more than <strong>$400,000 worth of medicines, medical supplies, and laboratory supplies</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> continues to support a blood bank, lodging, food, transportation, medicines, laboratory services, and other necessities for needy patients and their families. In March 2017, <span class="caps">RMF</span> also began supporting human resources at Kanti Children’s Hospital, and is now providing the hospital with <strong>3 medical officers</strong> and <strong>4 registered nurses</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;I am very elated and very grateful for the enormous support of <span class="caps">RMF</span>. I am thankful for the support of the human resources, and lastly the <span class="caps">ICU</span> beds, which were worth more than 1.5 million [<span class="caps">NPR</span>]. The support of <span class="caps">RMF</span> is highly valued, because it is such a support that the hospital administration would take years to do by itself. Currently, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is supporting 3 medical officers and 4 nurses to our <span class="caps">ICU</span> and Emergency departments. They are skilled and doing well. Thanks, Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> Dr. Martina C. Fuchs and <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal team for all the support to Kanti Hospital with special emphasis. I expect the support of <span class="caps">RMF</span> will be broadened and continue for a long time.&#8221; -Dr. Ganesh Kumar Rai, Director, Kanti Children’s Hospital</p> </blockquote> Ganesh Shrestha and Deanna Boulard info@realmedicinefoundation.org RMF Clinician Making a House Call: December 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/12/14/rmf-clinician-makes-house-calls-and-treats-elderly-patient-december-2017/ 2018-01-30T21:04:51-08:00 2017-12-14T09:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <img alt="" src="https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-jXpNcR4/0/e226add2/M/i-jXpNcR4-M.jpg" /> <h5>Patient Recovers After RMF Clinician&#39;s House Call&nbsp;</h5> &nbsp; <p>Chinta Kumari Baram is an 89-year-old woman residing in the steep hills of Arupokhari, Nepal. As winter approaches, <strong>her health has been affected by the dropping temperatures</strong>. Because Chinta is very old and cannot move about, she was suffering from severe respiratory illness. <strong>She was living alone, with nobody in the house to take care of her</strong>. A neighbor informed RMF&rsquo;s clinic staff about the elderly woman.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> After learning of Chinta&rsquo;s situation, RMF Clinical Officer Bishnu Prasad Sharma <strong>traveled to her home for a house call</strong>. There Chinta was lying outside of her house, wheezing and coughing badly. She had a fever, and her legs were swollen. She was in a poor condition. RMF&rsquo;s clinician assessed her thoroughly. Chinta had a chest infection and had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for many years. She could barely stand up and walk, and only her neighbors took care of her.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-MVRhPSg/0/f2d355fd/L/i-MVRhPSg-L.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h5>Treatment</h5> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>RMF Clinical Officer Bishnu kept Chinta in a comfortable position and gave her warm water to drink, as she was thirsty. He then provided a medication to loosen the mucus in her respiratory system. After a while of taking the medication, <strong>she told him that she was feeling far better</strong>. Due to the warm water she drank, she was able to cough out some mucus, which also gave her some relief. Leaving Chinta with some antibiotics for the chest infection and a bronchodilator plus furosemide to reduce the swelling of her legs, RMF&rsquo;s clinician asked the neighbor to keep informing him about Chinta&rsquo;s condition. She was also advised to go to the district hospital for a check-up. <strong>RMF Clinical Officer Bishnu returned to Chinta&rsquo;s house twice after that to check on her condition, and he found that she was improving</strong>.</p> <p><br /> Chinta Kumari Baram felt as if she was sent an angel to rescue her out of her misery. She was <strong>very thankful</strong> to RMF&rsquo;s clinician for his help during this difficult time.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h5>RMF Has&nbsp;Community&#39;s Trust</h5> <p><br /> The RMF Health Clinic has <strong>gained respect</strong> and goodwill in Gorkha, as it is the only health facility that provides continuous, high quality services to the people of Arupokhari and its neighboring villages. <strong>Health services are free of charge</strong>, while medications are provided at minimal cost. In the month of September alone, 717 patients benefitted from the clinic, and <strong>the number of patients served from January to September 2017 is 5,418</strong>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Patient Inspired to Give up Alcohol Abuse: September 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative-reports/nepal/archives/2017/09/14/for-everyones-good-i-gave-up-drinking-september-2017/ 2017-12-21T11:15:01-08:00 2017-09-14T19:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"><img alt="" src="/assets/5a309fe840780803913f7769/Aita_with_RMF_nurse_at_Gorkha_Clinic.JPG" /></p>&nbsp; <p><br /> The future is unknown to everyone. Aita Bahadur Gurung, a 55-year-old man from Shulikot Rural Municipality Ward-7, a neighboring village of Arupokhari, was brought to the RMF Health Clinic in an unconscious state. When investigating the patient&#39;s history, he was said to have gone to Gorkha Bazar and fallen on the way home. He had been unconscious since his fall.<br /> <br /> The family learned that Aita was lying unconscious a couple of hours after the incident. <strong>They went to the place, and as there are no health facilities in the area and the nearest hospital is more than an 8-hour walk away, they brought him to the RMF Health Clinic, the only 24-hour health service provider in the area. RMF&#39;s clinic staff also learned that Aita was chronically alcoholic and had sustained an unusual injury on his right leg. </strong>It was a very large blister from a burn injury, but Aita was ignorant about the cause and time of the injury, and there was no one who witnessed it.<br /> <br /> Upon general assessment of the patient, RMF&#39;s clinic staff found that Aita had very low blood pressure. Immediately, an IV was inserted and 2 pints of normal saline were infused. After the infusion, Aita gained consciousness. Once he was stabilized, the cause of his unconsciousness and the cause of referred to the district hospital for further investigations. At the district hospital, Aita&#39;s leg wound was cleaned, debrided, and dressed with medication. Then, he was referred back to the RMF Health Clinic for daily dressing.<br /> <br /> After a month of dressing the wound daily and providing counseling about alcohol abuse and his condition, Aita&#39;s wound was healing very well.&nbsp;Above all, it was miraculous when he announced,</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I had been drinking badly, so badly that my family misbehaved with me. When all this happened to me and I saw their dedication in my care, I felt guilty. For everyone&#39;s good, I gave up drinking.&quot;</p></blockquote> <p><strong>His family is grateful to RMF&#39;s clinic staff. Had it not been for the RMF Health Clinic, Aita would not have received immediate care and consistent follow-up treatment, and he could have been dead long ago. Aita is a new man, they say.</strong><br /> <br /> RMF&#39;s clinic staff provides free, around-the-clock primary health care services to the people of Arupokhari and its neighboring villages and provides medicines at highly subsidized rates. 2,053 patients visited the RMF Health Clinic from June 2017 to August 2017, averaging 684 patients a month.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-hR4LjGD/0/1de9b148/L/i-hR4LjGD-L.jpg" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org 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