The Palpa district, home to 261,180 people according to the 2011 census, is located in western Nepal. Tansen, the district’s main town, is about 296 km (a 9-hour drive) west of the capital city of Kathmandu. In 1951, doctors Bethel Flemming and Carl Friedericks visited the area with their families, examining and treating patients. At the request of local people, in 1954, Dr. Carl Friedericks returned to Tansen and established a health clinic. Patient numbers continued to grow, and in 1959, the United Mission Hospital opened its first building. The hospital now treats an average of 95,000 patents per year, including many patients from surrounding districts and some from the Indian border.
In addition to providing high-quality, affordable health care, United Mission Hospital also trains medical professionals and, since 1983, has been providing primary health care clinics, health education, and health post strengthening through the Community Health and Development Project, reimagined in 2002 under the United Mission Hospital’s Community Health Department (CHD).
RMF will begin by supporting 3 of the Community Health Department’s programs:
- The Mother & Child Health Clinic (town clinic),
- Satellite Mother & Child Health Clinic Program, and
- Child Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center (CNRC).
Starting in June 2017, RMF will provide support on a larger scale.
RMF will be providing financial and operational support for 3 of the United Mission Hospital’s Community Health Department’s programs:
Mother & Child Health Clinic (town clinic)
The Mother & Child Health Clinic, or town clinic, is located in Tansen, on the District Hospital premises. The clinic is run in cooperation with the Palpa District Health Office, and provides free medical services, including:
- Antenatal care,
- Postnatal care,
- Health education and awareness,
- Family planning counselling,
- Immunization, and
- HIV testing for pregnant women and children under the age of 5.
Satellite Mother & Child Health Clinic Program
The Satellite MCH Clinic Program has been in operation for 2 years in 2 VDCs of the Palpa district: Argali (northwest of Tansen) and Darlamdanda (northeast of Tansen). Staff from the United Mission Hospital visits these VDCs once a month in order to empower and strengthen local government health posts by providing:
- Orientation and training to health posts’ staff and
- Much needed medical equipment.
Through supporting these local health posts, the Satellite Mother & Child Health Clinic Program ensures that women and children in outlying areas can access health services that would usually be available only in cities.
Child Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center (CNRC)
The Child Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center (CNRC) is located on the outskirts of Tansen, and has been treating malnourished children for 10 years. The CNRC was built to resemble local village homes, and the center can house up to 6 children and their mothers. The United Mission Hospital, the Mother & Child Health Clinic (town clinic), and local health posts refer malnourished children and their mothers to the CNRC, and while the child is nursed back to health, the mother is trained in nutrition and hygiene.
- Low literacy rates
- Diarrheal diseases
- Typhoid fever
RMF’s support will allow the Mother & Child Health Clinic (town clinic), Satellite Mother & Child Health Clinic Program, and the Child Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center (CNRC) to continue and grow, increasing community access to health care and health education.
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