Nepal: Kavre Community Outreach Program
RMF Conducts Awareness Program on Menstrual Hygiene: Q2 2017
July 01, 2017
Ganesh Shrestha and Pragya Gautam
Summary of Activities
Soon after the April 25, 2015 mega earthquake, Real Medicine Foundation arrived in Nepal and found that the Kavre health centers were in immediate need of health equipment and supplies. RMF’s headquarters in the USA immediately responded to these needs by dispatching a 40-foot container filled with necessary health equipment and supplies. Due to an unofficial economic blockade by the Indian government, the container was delayed, but by February 2016, RMF was able to distribute medicines, medical supplies, and equipment among 17 village health posts and Dhulikhel Hospital. The initial decision was to distribute among 8 VDCs in Kavre, but because of the overwhelming quantity of supplies, the consignment was adequately distributed among 17 VDCs and Dhulikhel Hospital.
RMF Nepal’s team continued to follow up with Kavre district health officials and health post supervisors to build relationships and ensure that the supplies and equipment were used appropriately, and on December 2, 2016, we distributed wheelchairs to 9 disabled local residents.
Since 2015, RMF’s efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of Kavre communities have continued to develop. In the first quarter of 2017, RMF received approval of our 5-year Health Care System Strengthening and Outreach Program from Nepal’s Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare (MoWCSW). As a result, RMF will be able to fully implement the Kavre Community Outreach Program.
An Awareness Program on Menstrual Hygiene was conducted by RMF in Dhulikhel, Kavre. FOWEP, RMF’s local partner, managed the program. The program’s objective was to raise awareness about menstruation and hygiene maintenance.
30 adolescents from Namobuddha and Panauti municipalities, including 19 girls and 11 boys, were present at the program. At the end of program, RMF distributed sanitary pads to the adolescent girls who participated.
RMF Nepal conducted a free health camp in Dhulikhel, Kavre. 48 people attended, including 18 orphan girls from Help Nepal Network Children’s Home who greatly benefited from the camp’s services. Although the camp was organized on the premises of Help Nepal Network Children’s Home, local residents also arrived to receive health examinations and dental checkups. Additionally, prescribed medicines were distributed to patients for free.
Dentist Dr. Balaram Dhail conducted dental checkups and counseled patients about dental hygiene. Mr. Dhail also demonstrated proper brushing techniques and led a class on other measures of dental hygiene maintenance. RMF provided free toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children at the orphanage.
Dr. Arjun Prasad Sapkota, Chief of District Health Office (DHO), and social organizations were invited in the camp. As chief guest, Dr. Sapkota appreciated RMF for its activities in Kavre and anticipated the continuation of this support in the future. RMF Nepal Program Manager Mr. Ganesh Shrestha and Program Coordinator Ms. Pragya Gautam committed to assisting in humanitarian projects in the future. The events of the health camp in Kavre were covered by a local newspaper.
- Significantly reduce malnutrition among children under the age of 5
- Cause behavior change related to health, nutrition and hygiene through health education
- Improve the health services and programs
- Help acutely malnourished children graduate from malnourished status to a healthy status
- Improve maternal health, sexual health, family planning
- Reduce neonatal and infant mortalities